The Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild meet Saturday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center. The Chicago Blackhawks look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Wild look for a win after winning four of their last five games.
The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex DeBrincat leads Chicago with 23 goals, Patrick Kane has 26 assists and Seth Jones has 96 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 75.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 71 goals on 848 shots faced, and Kevin Lankinen has allowed 37 goals on 319 shots.
The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Ryan Hartman leads Minnesota with 16 goals, Kirill Kaprizov has 28 assists and Kevin Fiala has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Cam Talbot has allowed 71 goals on 781 shots faced, and Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed 29 goals on 352 shots.
The Blackhawks are 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Wild are 36-16 in their last 52 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The under is 4-0-1 in Blackhawks last 5 overall. The over is 18-8-1 in Wild last 27 overall. The Blackhawks are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Chicago Blackhawks don’t win on the end of back to backs, and they’re hard to trust on the road against respectable teams. The Minnesota Wild just beat the snot out of the Blackhawks last night, and they have enough offensive firepower to carry them over here as well. Tough to beat the same team twice in as many days, but I’ll side with the Wild here anyway.