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Free NHL Pick: Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks

by Scott Burgess on Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Free NHL Pick: Minnesota Wild vs Chicago BlackhawksThe Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks hook up for the fifth time this season. The Wild have won every game and they’ll be looking for the sweep tonight. The Wild beat the Blackhawks 5-2 as 117-moneyline favs last meeting.

The Chicago Blackhawks host the Minnesota Wild tonight, at the United Center, for some hard hitting NHL action. Betway currently has the Minnesota Wild as 2.25 road favorites with the over/under posted at 7. Get your free NHL Pick in now!

 The Minnesota Wild suffered a loss last night to the Vancouver Canucks 2-3 (OT) as 135-moneyline favs. They have six wins in their last ten games and they’ve won three of their last four road games. In their last five games they’ve averaged 2.80 GAG and they’ve scored four power play goals out of fourteen tries. The overall offense is averaging a 14th ranked 2.8 GAG while their power play sits ranked 8th. Their top producer is Marion Gaborik with 63pts and Keith Carney leads the defenseman with a +12 rating.

On defense the Wild allow a 11th ranked 2.7 GAG and they have the 6th best penalty kill in the league. They’ve allowed four goals in their last sixteen penalty kills. Goalie Niklas Backstrom has been solid in net. He’s won six of his last ten for a record of 23-10-4 with a 2.53 GAA and a .914 SVPCT. The Wild currently sit in 1st place in the Northwest Standings and are 16-12-0-2 on the road. Get your free NHL Pick in now!

 The Chicago Blackhawks lost badly to the St.Louis Blues 1-5 as 112-moneyline roaddogs. This was their first loss after riding a three game winning streak. In their last five games they’ve averaged 3.60 GAG and they’ve scored three power play goals in twelve tries. Their overall offense is averaging a 15th ranked 2.7 GAG while their power play sits ranked 28th. Their go to guy is Patrick Kane who has 50pts and their top defenseman Duncan Keith has a +21 rating.

On defense the Blackhawks allow a 18th ranked 2.8 GAG and their penalty kill sits ranked 19th. They’ve allowed six goals in their last twenty-seven penalty kills. Sound like someone’s taking too many penalties. Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin is questionable tonight and it’ll be up to backup Patrick Lalime who suffered his first loss in three games. He’s 10-8-2 with a 2.49 GAA. The Blackhawks currently sit in last place in the Central Standings and are 14-13-1 at home.

Minnesota (34-21-2-3) at Chicago (27-26-3-3)

Puck drop: Wed, Feb 20, 2008 8:30 PM ET

Line: Betway

Pick: Minnesota 2.25

 Bottom Line: The Wild are looking for revenge after losing last night’s game. The Wild are money when Marion Gaborik scores. Minnesota has won 20 of the 23 games in which he has scored, including each of the last 17. Each of Minnesota's last four wins have come in either a shootout or overtime. Get your free NHL Pick in now!

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