Blackhawks Host Wild for Online Hockey Betting MatchPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
This Thursday, online hockey betting fans will be treated to a great NHL matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild. Both teams are coming off a great performance last season but the Wild have had a hard time replicating that success in 2017. The Blackhawks, who haven’t lost a match in regulation thus far this season, are doing a fine job of living up to their expectations. Let’s take a glance at what kind of turnout NHL sportsbooks are predicting for this evening.
Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Thursday, October 12th
When: 8:30 pm ET
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Stream: NBC Extra, NHL TV
Online Hockey Betting Lines:
Minnesota Wild +1 ½ (-230) 5 ½ (-105) +120
Chicago Blackhawks -1 ½ (+190) 5 ½ (-115) -140
At 0-1-1, the Wild have barely racked up a single point for the season. A one-point tally isn’t going to get you very far in the Western Conference and the Wild are finding that out the hard way considering that they’re dead last in the Central Division. The Wild last took to the ice this past Saturday when they faced the Hurricanes in Carolina and suffered a 5-4 overtime loss. Heading into this Thursday’s game, the online hockey betting odds are giving Minnesota a fighting chance of pulling out their first win of the season.
It is surprising to see the Wild struggle this early into the season. The Wild are coming off a 49-25-8 season that saw the franchise finish 2nd in the Central Division and finish 2nd in the Western Conference as well. Minnesota would go on to face elimination in the first round of the playoffs, losing the series to the St. Louis Blues 4 games to 1. It seems the franchise has not been able to shake their woes as the struggles they faced in last year’s postseason have stretched into this year’s season.
The Blackhawks march into this Thursday night contest sporting a 3-0-1 record that yields the franchise 7 points on the season. With that tally, Chicago is currently ranked 2nd in the Central division, just 1 point shy of tying with the St. Louis Blues for the lead in the division as well as the entire Western Conference. The Blackhawks last competed this past Tuesday, when they traveled to Montreal to take on the Canadiens. Chicago ended up coming out on top 3-1, led in part by Corey Crawford’s 98% save percentage.
The Blackhawks are coming off a wildly successful regular season that saw the franchise finish 1st in both the Central Division as well as Western Conference. However, despite that success, Chicago is coming into the 2017 betting NHL season with a bit of a chip on their shoulder. The reason being the fact that Chicago got swept by the Nashville Predators in the first round of the season. The Blackhawks aren’t known for that kind of postseason performance and there’s no doubt this year’s squad will be trying to right that wrong.