Tuesday NHL odds: Vancouver Canucks at Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks can tie an NHL record for the best start in history if they can avoid a regulation loss to the Canucks. Chicago opened as a -140 favorite on WagerWeb.com.
The Hawks enter off a 3-2 home win over Los Angeles on Sunday. Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and an assist to help the Blackhawks extend their season-opening points streak to 15 games. Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks (12-0-3), who matched the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers for the second-longest season-opening points streak in NHL history. Chicago is one away from the tying the league record set by Anaheim in 2006-07. Anaheim won the Stanley Cup in 2007 after its record-setting points start. The 1984-85 Oilers and Montreal, which opened with 14 straight in 1943-44, also won the Cup in those seasons.
Goalie Ray Emery, Chicago’s backup, made 25 saves. He lost a bid for his first shutout in more than three years when Richards connected 56 seconds into the third period. Emery made back-to-back starts for the first time this season with Corey Crawford missing his second game because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. Emery will start again in this one.
The Blackhawks’ penalty kill has been among the league’s best despite having an off day on Sunday. They killed two out of four power plays on Sunday. The Kings’ two power-play goals were just the fifth and sixth the Blackhawks’ penalty kill has allowed this season. Even the power play has come around again. After struggling mightily during their six-game road trip, the Blackhawks have scored power-play goals in their last three games.
Including a 3–0–3 mark in their last six games of last season, the Blackhawks have a streak of 21 straight games with a point. This is the longest such streak in the NHL since the Canadiens posted a 15–0–6 mark over 21 games in 1980 (Feb. 21-April 6).
Vancouver lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Blues on Sunday. Ryan Kesler and Henrik Sedin got their first goals of the season and Mason Raymond also scored in regulation for Vancouver, which has lost two straight after winning six in a row. The Canucks lost back-to-back games for third time this season. They have not lost three in a row this season.
It’s uncertain if Roberto Luongo or Corey Schneider will start in net when the Canucks open a four-game trip. Luongo’s four-game winning streak ended Sunday, dropping him to 4-0-3 with a 1.63 GAA. Schneider is 4-3-0 with a 2.62 GAA and could not hold a two-goal lead in a 4-3 loss to Dallas on Friday. Luongo he made 27 saves in Vancouver’s 2-1 shootout victory over the Blackhawks on Feb. 1.
WagerWeb.com trends: Canucks are 6-2 in their last 8 overall. Canucks are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference. Blackhawks are 6-1 in their last 7 overall. Blackhawks are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. Blackhawks are 5-1 in their last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. Blackhawks are 9-2 in their last 11 games following a win. Over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Chicago. Home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.