Las Vegas Odds & Liev Jackson NHL Predictions: Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
by Liev Jackson

Minnesota is in Chicago in Thursday Night NHL Action

Las Vegas Odds & Liev Jackson NHL Predictions: Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks

Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Wild: 0-1-1 (0-1-1 V)
Blackhawks: 3-0-1 (2-0-0 H)
When: 8:30 PM ET, Thursday, October 12, 2017
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
TV: NHL.TV, FSN North, NBCSN Chicago

We are just over one week into the 2017-18 NHL season, so it’s way too early to draw any conclusions. Minnesota in particular has had a light schedule with only two games played in the first eight days. They are still looking for their first win of the season and have been off since losing a 5-4 SO decision to the Hurricanes on Saturday.

It's a game the Wild led 3-1 early in the second period before they turned the game over to the Hurricanes. Carolina stormed back for four of the next five goals, scoring the go ahead 4-3 goal with 1:34 to go in the game. Captain Mikko Koivu tied it with just one second left in regulation to force overtime.

The only goal in shootout went to the Hurricaine’s Jaccob Slavin.

Carolina also gave up four regulation goals in their season opener as they dropped a 4-2 decision to Detroit.

They’ll be looking for a better defensive performance as they visit the red-hot Blackhawks. Chicago is 3-0-1 to start their season and have scored a league high 21 goals in that time. It includes a season opening 10-1 win over the Penguins and a 5-1 victory against Columbus. They dropped a 4-3 OT decision to the Leafs before they beat Montreal 3-1 in the Habs home opener Tuesday.

Brandon Saad has been a man on fire in his return from the Blue Jackets with five goals through four games. Ryan Hartman (1-5-6) and Richard Panik (3-3-6) are the next two names on the Hawks point getting list. What that means is this team seems to once again be finding depth from their whole roster. Stalwarts Patrick Kane (2-4-6) and Jonathan Toews (2-3-5) have also had solid starts to the season.

Other players coming through who are getting increased roles this season include D Jan Rutta (2-2-4), RW Alex DeBrincat (1-2-3) C Nick Schmaltz (2-1-3) and D Gustav Forsling (0-3-3).

On the defensive end they’ve allowed just seven goals in the four games for a 1.75 GAA.

Bovada has the Blackhawks favorites at 150-moneyline with the total sitting at 5½ at MyBookie.

NHL Puckline Odds at BetOnline the Blackhawks were favored by -1½ (+200)

Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks Las Vegas Odds

Gm# Team
Opener
7 Minnesota
+130
8 Chicago
-150
  Total

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In their last action, Chicago was a 3-1 winner on the road against the Canadiens. Bettors on Chicago at +116 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 5-4 loser as they battled the Hurricanes on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Hurricanes at -129 were rewarded, while the 9 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks Las Vegas Odds & Trends

Minnesota:
Minnesota is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Minnesota is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Minnesota is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games on the road

Chicago:
Chicago is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Chicago is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games
Chicago is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games at home

Next up:
Minnesota home to Columbus Saturday, October 14
Chicago home to Nashville Saturday, October 14

The Bottom Line: Chicago are -150 favorites and Minnesota +120 underdogs. These were the two best teams in the Central Division last year and figure to be in the mix all year. This is a growing rivalry and I think Chicago will draw first blood this year as they seem to already be in mid-season form. The Pick: Hawks 4-1.

Liev Jackson NHL Predictions: Chicago -150 & 5½ Under at Bovada

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alex debrincat - chicago blackhawks - gustav forsling - jaccob slavin - jan rutta - jonathan toews - mikko koivu - minnesota wild - nick schmaltz - patrick kane

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