9* POWER-SMASH ~ 11-5 L16 NHL Sides! **LATE ADD**
Vancouver vs. Chicago,
11/07/2019 20:30 EDT,
Score: 2 - 5
Money Line: -129 Vancouver
9* Vancouver (8:35 ET): Our last NHL play (Tuesday) was on the Canucks and unfortunately they lost, 2-1 in overtime to the St. Louis Blues. But remember some of what I wrote in that analysis. The Canucks came into that game sporting the best goal differential in the entire Western Conference. This is a team that's still gone almost two weeks w/o losing in regulation. In fact, a 1-0 loss in New Jersey on 10.19 is the ONLY Vancouver loss in regulation since the 2nd game of the season! Let's come back w/ the Canucks here as they play a pretty weak Chicago side.
The Blackhawks have won just four games this season, tied for the fewest in the league. This club just isn't what it used to be. It's 33 goals scored actually ranks LAST in the league coming into Thursday, which is a bigger problem than usual as only one team in the Western Conference (Nashville) has scored more goals this season than Vancouver. Even when the Canucks weren't winning much the last couple seasons, they generally handled their business against the Blackhawks. They've taken five of the previous six head to head matchups.
There's another issue for Chicago heading into this game and that's the number of shots they've been allowing recently. The previous five Blackhawks' opponents have averaged 41.3 shots per game, a very high number indeed. Vancouver did outshoot St. Louis in its last game, 34-27, and hasn't dropped B2B games since starting 0-2. The Canucks are a perfect 3-0 this season following a game in which they scored 1 goal or less. Chicago has lost 7 of 9 and this is the first game back after a long-road trip. They're set to hit the road again Saturday (playing in Pittsburgh), so there may not be a lot left in the tank late in this game. 9* Vancouver