Chicago Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks / NHL – Until a few rounds, Chicago had a huge backlog behind Minnesota and it seemed that they would endanger the leaders of the Western Conference. Still, the Blackhawks played great lately and in the best way they used a somewhat worse shape of Minnesota. They are currently in second place with just one point less than the first ranked Minnesota that in this round has a difficult away game against Lightning. In the case that Minnesota does not achieve a victory in this away game, Chicago has a chance to celebrate over Anaheim and take first place. Begins: 10.03.2017. – 02:30 CET
Chicago is since the beginning of last month playing fantastic and they are currently in the best shape of all teams in the league. After three defeats by Lightning, Winnipeg and Sharks, the Blackhawks have played phenomenally and in the following period they looked invincible. After defeat by the Sharks, a team from Chicago played 13 games in which they have recorded as many as 12 wins and only one defeat. Their series of five consecutive wins was ended after a defeat by Edmonton at home. But this defeat has not affected Chicago’s game and they in the next round continued with great matches.
They are currently in a series of seven consecutive wins and in excellent mood welcoming this game against Anaheim. In the last five home matches, they have achieved four wins and one defeat. After convincing wins over Arizona, Blues and Pittsburgh, Chicago has in their last match had a lot of problems before the home crowd against New York Islanders. They won only after a penalty and they equalized in the last minute of the regular part. However, in the last match they improved their game and without any problems celebrated a victory over Nashville.
Anaheim will in this round have a very hard match against Chicago, which is undefeated for seven matches in a row. They are currently in fifth place of the Western Conference, but they are recently playing quite variable. Last month they started with three defeats, but then they began to play by the system “hot and cold”. In the next 12 games, they have suffered a defeat after one win, and continued like that until the last round when they celebrated at home against the Predators. Judging by that form, the Ducks should be defeated in this round.
Anaheim has celebrated last time at the end of January when they recorded two wins. Thanks to their good performance in the previous season, they continued to be at the top of the table. But if they continue to play as changeable lately, they might find themselves in an unenviable position by the end of the championship. In the last eight away matches, the Ducks have recorded just two wins and that was against Buffalo and Minnesota. Their victory over the leader of the championship was a surprise and it is certain that the guests will in this round try to defeat the second ranked team in the Western Conference. But it will not certainly be easy because is Chicago in great shape.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks PICK
These two teams have already admeasured forces during the championship. It was in November last year when Chicago celebrated as a guest with 2:3. They are now also the favourites and given their excellent form lately, we believe they should have no problems in this match against the Ducks.
Pick: Chicago Blackhawks win
Odds: 2.07 at betsson (down to 2.00 can be played)