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NHL Online Betting - Monday Versus Action

NHL online betting expectations are on the rise for the resurgent Blackhawks as they have become one of the hottest teams on the NHL hockey betting board.
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NHL online betting excitement is also high for the San Jose Sharks as they have been one of the top NHL hockey betting commodities since the New Year.

The Chicago Blackhawks will host the San Jose Sharks on Monday night with a starting time on Versus of 8 PM ET.  Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this potential Western Conference Playoff matchup so be sure and have your account open and ready for action.

Chicago had a mark of 37-24-2-5 with the hockey betting line.  The Blackhawks climbed all the way up to 4th in the Western Conference playoff race after languishing out of the top 8 for most of the season.  Chicago was 21-14 at home and went under the total in 20 of their 35 home games.

The Blackhawks ranked best in the NHL for goal scoring while their defense has shown marked improvement to rank 13th in the NHL for goals against. Center Jonathan Toews led the Hawks in scoring with 28 goals and 40 assists while fellow center Patrick Sharp had 34 goals and 29 assists.

Right winger Patrick Kane had 23 goals and 37 assists.  Corey Crawford has been just as big of a story for Chicago as he took over in goal and had a 2.26 goals against average with 26 wins and 3 shutouts.

San Jose was 39-22-4-3 with the hockey odds and was an impressive road team with a mark of 21-11-2-1.  The Sharks ranked 14th in the NHL for goal scoring and 9th for goals against.  San Jose was 3rd in the Western Conference standings after a slow start to the season.  Right winger Dany Heatley led the Sharks with 22 goals and 34 assists.

San Jose has won their last 3 consecutive meetings against the Blackhawks with the series going over the total in 3 of the last 4 meetings.  The Blackhawks have had solid success over the long run at home against San Jose however with 4 payouts in their last 6 meetings as a host against the Sharks.

The teams have gone over the total in 5 of their last 7 NHL online betting matchups at Chicago.