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Wild look to continue positive trends against rival Blackhawks on Wednesday

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The Minnesota Wild will try to repeat their feat of beating the Chicago Blackhawks while playing back-to-back when the Central Division rivals meet in St. Paul on Wednesday night.

The Western Conference-leading Wild are expected to be listed as home betting favorites by puck drop against the Blackhawks at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

While Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks wear the braid of having won the Stanley Cup three times in the last seven seasons, Minnesota is 8-0 straight-up in the teams’ last eight regular-season meetings, according to the OddsShark NHL Database. Chicago, which is in the midst of a six-game road stretch, is 6-2 in divisional road games this season. The Wild are an identical 6-2 in divisional home games.

Minnesota had a road game against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. The Wild are 3-2 this season when they played the previous day, including a victory against the Blackhawks on January 15.

Chicago is 32-17-5 this season, but has wobbled of late with a 5-5 record in their past 10 games. While goaltender Corey Crawford was an all-star selection this season, he has been somewhat off his game recently, allowing at least three goals in four of his last six starts.

The Blackhawks have long had some of the best forward depth in the league, but they have struggled this season to get production out of the lines that don’t include Kane or Jonathan Toews.

Minnesota is 35-12-5, good for the top spot in the Western Conference, and is 7-3 in its last 10 games. The Wild proved they are for real with a 9-2-1 record in January and have a diverse attack with the likes of Mikael Granlund, Nino Niederreiter and Jason Pominville.

All-star goaltender Devan Dubnyk, like his counterpart Crawford, has had some midseason regression, allowing three or more goals in five of his last eight starts. Dubnyk did have an excellent 38-save effort against Winnipeg on Tuesday, and got the win the only time this season that he started a game after also starting the previous day.

The total has gone under in only two of the Blackhawks’ last eight games as a road underdog. The total has gone over in seven of Chicago’s last 10 games, including four of their six most recent road games. The total has gone over in eight of Minnesota’s last 10 games, with one push.

High on Stanley Cup odds, Blackhawks head outdoors to face Wild

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(OddsShark.com) –The Chicago Blackhawks are a middling 6-6 in their past dozen games, but travel to Minnesota on Sunday for their NHL Stadium Series matchup with the Wild at a strong 9/2 on the odds to win the Stanley Cup again at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Chicago enters Sunday afternoon’s Blackhawks vs. Wild matchup at TCF Bank Stadium riding a two-game winning streak following a 5-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday, and have found the back of the net a total of 12 times during the brief win streak, which started with a 7-2 rout of the last-place Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.

The club has rebounded after dropping three straight on home ice to San Jose, Dallas, and Anaheim, and briefly falling out of top spot in the Western Conference standings.

The defending Cup champs have been in a seesaw battle in the standings with the Stars for much of the campaign, and head into the weekend holding a one-point lead over Dallas for top spot. However, the Stars hold two games in hand on Chicago, and can reclaim first place with a win that halts their two-game slide when they host the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

The Minnesota Wild, meanwhile, return home after sweeping a three-game road swing through western Canada, tallying five goals per game in victories over Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton. The Wild’s hot streak could not have come at a better time after the club endured a brutal 1-13 stretch that ultimately cost head coach Mike Yeo his job.

Despite their recent woes, Minnesota remains in striking distance of a playoff spot, just two points back of the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche, who head into the weekend deadlocked at 64 points and in control of the two Western Conference Wild Card berths.

While the Wild’s current win streak is welcome, the club must still overcome an eight-game losing streak at home which has featured seven defeats by a single goal. Minnesota has also suffered letdowns following their past three multi-game road trips, losing one-goal decisions in each of their first games back on home ice after winning three straight.

The Wild have enjoyed success against Chicago during the regular season, claiming victory in their past four meetings according to the OddsShark NHL Database, but were swept by the Blackhawks in the second round of the playoffs last spring.

Blackhawks trail Capitals on latest Stanley Cup odds

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(OddsShark.com) — The Chicago Blackhawks are the defending Stanley Cup champions but the Washington Capitals have the best record in the National Hockey League, which has Alexander Ovechkin and company set as the current betting favorites on the odds to win the Stanley Cup this spring at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Capitals are the runaway leaders in the Metropolitan Division standings, and they sit at +400 on the latest Stanley Cup betting futures at the sportsbooks. That puts them slightly ahead of the Blackhawks, who are pegged at +500 on those odds. Chicago sits in first place in the Central Division standings and first overall in the Western Conference standings.

Another division leader rounds out the top three teams on the latest Stanley Cup odds, with the Los Angeles Kings set at +800 on the futures. The Kings are coming off a 9-2 rout of the Bruins in Boston on Tuesday night to improve to 32-17-3 on the season and give them a seven-point lead on the San Jose Sharks in the Pacific Division standings.

The Sharks, meanwhile, are back at +2500 on the latest Stanley Cup futures, putting them behind two Pacific Division teams as the Anaheim Ducks have shot up to +1200 on the strength of an 8-2-0 run over their past 10 games according to the OddsShark NHL Database. That has the Ducks in a tie with the Dallas Stars, who are second to the Hawks in the Central.

The Florida Panthers, the surprise leader of the Atlantic Division heading into the stretch run of the season, are tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins at +1400 on the odds to win the Stanley Cup, with the Tampa Bay Lightning behind them both at +1600. The Penguins are looking to ride a hot streak by star center Sidney Crosby into better positioning in the postseason race.

A group of four teams are then at +2000 on the Stanley Cup odds, with the St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, and Montreal Canadiens all holding down that betting line. The Canadiens, an early-season favorite on the Cup odds before starting goaltender Carey Price went down with injury, are riding a modest three-game winning streak right now.

Joining the Sharks at +2500 are the New York Islanders, while the Bruins are listed at +2800, and the Minnesota Wild hold down a line of +3300. The Nashville Predators and the Colorado Avalanche, in the Wild Card hunt in the Western Conference, are at +4000 and +6600 on those betting futures, respectively. The Philadelphia Flyers are also set at +6600.