Ducks vs Blackhawks Prediction - NHL Picks 12/7/23

Chicago Blackhawks (7-16-1) vs Anaheim Ducks (10-15)

Game Info: Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 8:30 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks +105 / Anaheim Ducks -126 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Anaheim Ducks will play the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Anaheim has lost nine of their last ten games, while Chicago has dropped four straight. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Ducks vs Blackhawks prediction. 

Ducks Preview

The Anaheim Ducks are 10-15-0 this year after they lost to Colorado by a score of 3-2 in their last game. Anaheim trailed 3-0 in the third period, but they were able to score twice in the third to make the game close. The Ducks out shot Colorado by a total of 33-30 and went 1-3 on the power play in the game. Anaheim’s only win in their last ten games came against Colorado by a score of 4-3 two games ago. The Ducks are scoring 2.72 goals per game and they are allowing 3.48 goals against per game, while going 22.2% on the power play and 80% on the penalty kill. Frank Vatrano has led the Ducks with 14 goals, nine assists, and 90 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Anaheim is John Gibson, who is 5-11-0 this season with a 2.82 goals against average and a .906 save percentage. 

Blackhawks Preview

The Chicago Blackhawks are 7-16-1 this season after they lost to Nashville by a score of 4-3 in a shootout in their last game. Chicago led 3-2 in the second period, but allowed the Predators to force overtime and win in the shootout. The Blackhawks were out shot by a total of 30-28 and went 0-2 on the power play in the game. Chicago has also lost to Minnesota, Winnipeg, and Detroit during this four game losing streak. The Blackhawks are scoring 2.46 goals per game and they are allowing 3.67 goals against per game, while going 10.7% on the power play and 74.4% on the penalty kill. Connor Bedard has led Chicago with 11 goals, nine assists, and 74 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Chicago is Petr Mrazek, who is 5-8-0 this year with a 3.42 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. 

Chicago Blackhawks Team Facts

  • The Blackhawks have lost nine of their last 10 home games against Western Conference opponents.
  • The Blackhawks have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last six games as home underdogs after coming off a shootout.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in 11 of the Blackhawks' last 12 games as underdogs against Western Conference opponents.
  • The Blackhawks have lost the third period in seven of their last eight night games against Western Conference opponents.

Anaheim Ducks Team Facts

  • The Ducks have lost each of their last three games as favorites against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The Ducks have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last seven games as favorites against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in 10 of the Ducks' last 11 games as favorites.
  • The Ducks have lost the first period in each of their last nine night games.

Chicago Blackhawks Player Prop Facts

  • Taylor Hall has recorded at least one point in each of his last four appearances with his team as an underdog against the Ducks.
  • Ryan Donato has recorded at least one assist in four of his last five appearances against Western Conference opponents at United Center.
  • Jason Dickinson has scored at least one goal in three of the Blackhawks' last four games at United Center.
  • Connor Bedard has the most multi-goal games for the Blackhawks this season (2).

Anaheim Ducks Player Prop Facts

  • Alex Killorn has scored at least one goal in five of his last six appearances against the Blackhawks at United Center.
  • Mason McTavish has recorded at least one point in each of the Ducks' last five games as favorites.
  • Leo Carlsson has recorded an assist in three of his last four appearances in night games.
  • Frank Vatrano is one of only four players in the league to have recorded two or more hat tricks this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Chicago Blackhawks ranks 29th in the league in power play percentage this season (10.67%).
  • The Chicago Blackhawks ranks 26th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (74.36%).
  • The Anaheim Ducks ranks 1st in the league in penalty minutes this season (330).
  • The Anaheim Ducks ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (0).

Ducks vs Blackhawks Betting Prediction

Both of these teams come into this game really struggling, but Chicago will have the home ice advantage. The Blackhawks are only 3-6-1 at home, while Anaheim is 5-6 on the road. Chicago has scored exactly one goal in three of their last four games, but will face an Anaheim team that is not good on defense. I don’t like either of these two teams, but I am going to take Chicago at home around even money. 

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