On the Outside, Looking In
The Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks are among the NHL teams looking forward to the Spring not to chase the Stanley Cup but to focus on the Draft Lottery and where they will pick in the first round.
Although both teams are playing out the season, the Canucks have been playing excellent hockey recently and look to extend their winning streak to three games and the Blackhawks’ losing streak to five.
Despite not being playoff teams and both teams having played Saturday, we’ll break down this Canucks vs. Blackhawks matchup and find the best sport bets for Sunday’s betting ticket.
Canucks Rolling To Close out the Season
The Vancouver Canucks are finishing the NHL season strong, having won two in a row, four of the last five, and having an 8-2 straight-up record (8-2-0) in the last ten games. The Canucks are coming off an excellent 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars.
Vancouver has a 5-5 over/under record in the last ten games.
The Canucks are ranked 11th and averaging 3.35 goals per game, while the powerplay is ranked 11th and converting at 22.1%.
Defensively, Vancouver does not shine, ranked 27th and giving up 3.65 goals per game, while the penalty kill is ranked 32nd, operating at 70.4%.
Elias Pettersson leads the Canucks with 91 points (33 goals, 58 assists).
We expect Thatcher Demko to get the start for Vancouver. Demko has an 11-13-2 record, a 3.21 GAA, and a .898 SV%.
The Blackhawks Losing Streak to Continue?
There will be no NHL playoff odds for the Chicago Blackhawks for some time as they continue their rebuilding season. The Blackhawks have lost four straight games and have a 3-7 straight-up record (3-6-1) in the last ten games.
Chicago has a 4-5-1 over/under record in the last ten games for those who like total points online sports betting lines.
The Blackhawks’ offense is among the worst in the NHL, ranking 32nd and averaging 2.43 goals per game, while the powerplay is 31st and operating at 16.0%.
Defensively, Chicago is slightly better, ranked 25th and giving up 3.56 goals per game, while the 21st-ranked penalty kill is operating at 76.2%.
Neither of the Blackhawks’ top two scorers is on the team, as both Max Domi and Patrick Kane were subjects of NHL news stories and traded at the trade deadline, but they still lead the Blackhawks in scoring this season. Taylor Raddysh is the active Blackhawk who leads the team with 33 points (20 goals, 13 assists).
We expect Petr Mrazek to get the start for the Blackhawks. Mrazek has an 8-19-3 record, a 3.63 GAA, and a .895 SV%.
Canucks vs Blackhawks Game Injuries
Canucks vs Blackhawks Head-to-Head
This is the second and final meeting between the Vancouver Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks this season. The Canucks won the first game 5-2 on January 24.
The Canucks are 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Chicago and 5-1 in the last six games overall.
Canucks vs Blackhawks Game Information
- Game: Canucks (33-34-5) vs Blackhawks (24-42-6)
- Location: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
- Day/Time: Sunday, March 26, 2023, 6 p.m. ET
- Canucks vs Blackhawks Live Stream: NHL TV
Canucks vs Blackhawks Betting Lines
Canucks vs Blackhawks Prediction
Before we make our NHL picks, we like to review both teams’ betting records.
The Vancouver Cancucks are the favorites on NHL lines and are listed at -1.5 on the puck line spread. The Canucks have a 40-32 ATS record and a 41-27-4 over/under record.
The Chicago Blackhawks are listed at +1.5 on the puck line spread, with a 33-39 ATS record and a 36-33-3 over/under record.
Two final betting trends: the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings, and the under is 4-0-1 in Chicago’s last five against the Western Conference.
Vancouver is showing signs of future promise on this winning streak, and we’re following the recent performances and betting trends and taking the Canucks to continue winning. Take the Canucks on the moneyline.
Our second pick is to take the under. Chicago’s lack of firepower won’t help reach the total goals, and while Vancouver is scoring, it won’t be enough to hit the over of 6.5.