Chicago Blackhawks vs. Arizona Coyotes

The 2018-19 National Hockey League season is in full swing, and most teams have already played five games. The top teams are starting to show themselves, and it's getting clear to pick out the teams that will struggle this season. With that in mind, one of the best games to bet on this week in the NHL is a matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.

The Blackhawks look like an offensive juggernaut this season, while the Coyotes can't get the puck in the net. This appears to be a mismatch on paper, and should be an even bigger mismatch on the ice. Let's take a look at each team and explain why the Blackhawks are the pick in this game.

Blackhawks Balanced Offense

The Chicago Blackhawks enter the week averaging 4.4 goals per game and have earned eight points through their first five games. The Blackhawks have an extremely deep and talented roster and they can score with any of their four lines. Alex DeBrincat leads the Blackhawks with six goals already this season, but Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have each scored five goals a piece. Toews has chipped in with four assists to lead the team with nine points through their first give games. The Chicago offense takes plenty of chances, but they give themselves a ton of great scoring opportunities as well. They should find a lot of open space to work with against the Coyotes.

The Blackhawks will need to shore up their defense at some point this season if they are going to make a deep playoff run. Chicago has given up an average of 4.2 goals per game which is one of the worst averages in the league. The Blackhawks have started goalie Cam Ward in every game this season, and he should be in net for this contest. The Chicago defense should be fine in this game against a Coyotes team that is bad offensively.

Coyotes Can't Score Goals

The Arizona Coyotes enter this week having scored just three goals in their first four games of the season. All three of those goals came in a shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks, and the Coyotes have been shutout in their other three games. The Coyotes don't have a talented roster and it has shown in their lack of offense to begin the season. Arizona will take on Minnesota earlier in the week before traveling to Chicago on Thursday night.

Despite a 1-3 record, goaltender Antti Raanta has played well for the Coyotes. Raanta has a 2.22 goals against average this season, which is one of the best marks in the NHL. Raanta has had success against the Blackhawks in the past, but their offense is playing at a new level this season. Raanta will keep the Coyotes in the game, but they simply don't have enough offense to take down the Hawks.

The Arizona Coyotes are off to a rough start to the 2018-19 season and that will continue this week against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks will pile up a ton of goals in this game and cruise to a victory. Bet the Chicago Blackhawks over the Coyotes in this game.