Betting hockey online handicappers knew that the Blackhawks suffered big losses on their roster to the salary cap last summer and its apparent that could be the ultimate culprit in their lack of NHL betting success.
The Chicago Blackhawks will host the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night with a starting time on Versus network set for 8 PM ET. Be sure and have your Sports Gambling account open and ready for action on this critical Western Conference matchup that is full of playoff implications.
Minnesota had a NHL sports betting record of 30-20-1-4 as they have proven to be one of the biggest surprises and better values on the board this season. The Wild were in 2nd place in the Northwest Division and have continued to improve as the season has progressed. Minnesota had 8 payouts in 10 games from January 18 through February 12.
The Wild have played their best hockey on the road with a mark of 16-9-1-2 while going under the total in 12 of those 28 games. Minnesota’s strength has been their defense as they ranked 10th for goals against average while ranking a mediocre 22nd for goal scoring.
The Wild offense is very balanced and without any one breakaway scorer. Right wing Martin Havlat led the attack with 16 goals and 32 assists. Number one goaltender Niklas Backstrom had a 2.33 goals against average with 3 shutouts.
Chicago had a betting NHL record of 28-22-2-4 and was 16-13 at home while going under the total in 18 out of 29 home games. The Blackhawks have been in bad form as of late with just 2 payouts in 8 games from January 23 through February 12.
Chicago’s offensive attack has remained one of the best in hockey as they ranked 4th in the NHL for goal scoring and the defense has shown gradual improvement to rank 13th for goals against. Corey Crawford has emerged as the Hawks top goaltender with a 2.13 goals against average and 2 shutouts.
Jonathan Toews was a key betting hockey online asset with a team best 50 points while Patrick Sharp had 49 points.