Vancouver Canucks (22-19-4-2 SU, 26-21 PL, 18-21-8 O/U) vs Chicago Blackhawks (29-14-4-1 SU, 21-27 PL, 16-21-11 O/U)
When: 7:30 PM ET, Sunday, January 22, 2017
Where: United Center in Chicago, Illinois
Lines: Chicago -215/ Vancouver +193
Tonight the Vancouver Canucks will pay a visit to the United Center in Chicago, Illinois to battle it out with the Chicago Blackhawks.The Canucks are off a nice 2-1 home win over the Panthers, while the Blackhawks come in off a huge 1-0 road win over the Bruins. The Blackhawks have won four of their last five games in this series.
Sbisa Lifts Canucks Over Panthers
The Vancouver Canucks have been inconsistent this year, but they do come into this game on a mini two-game win streak after topping the Panthers at home by a score of 2-1. Their offense has not been that good, especially of late, but they have now allowed just 17 total goals in regulation over their last 10 games. They are 6-4 over that stretch and have scored just 22 goals over that stretch of games. Scoring in the win over the Panthers was Henrik Sedin, which was his 11th of the year and Luca Sbisa, whose 2nd of the year was the game-winner for them. The Canucks have been a strong home team this year as they have gone 17-9 here, which compares to going just 5-16 on the road. That is inconsistency at its finest.
Grabbing the win against the Panthers was Ryan Miller, who is 14-13 with a 2.48 GAA on the year, including 2-8 with a 3.30 GAA on the road, while vs Chicago in his career he has gone 4-5 with a 2.53 GAA. The Canucks come into this game ranked 26th in the league in scoring at 2.34 gpg, while also ranking 28th in shots taken (27.6 spg) and 28th in power play conversions, converting on 13.2 of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they check in at 17th in goals allowed, giving up 2.74 gpg, while also ranking 21st in shots allowed (30.7) and 22nd in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 20.3 of their chances.
Late Goal Lifts Blackhawks Over Bruins
The Chicago Blackhawks are in a tie for 1st place in the Central Division and they have been playing well overall as they have now won five of their last seven games after knocking off the Bruins by a score of 1-0 on the road. The game stayed scoreless all the way to the 18:34 mark of the 3rd period when Marian Hossa scored his 17th goal of the year to lift the Blackhawks to the win. They won the game despite getting outshot 30-22. Chicago has now gone 12-10 on the road, while here at home they have gone 17-9 thus far. Both the Blackhawks and Wild have 12 point lead over the Blues in the central and it really is shaping up as a two-team race between those two. Chicago has been getter great play in the crease this year and if they can get a bit more offense then they will be very tough to beat.
Snatching up the win over the Bruins was Scott Darling, who is now 12-6 with a 2.21 GAA on the year. Corey Crawford is expected to get the start in this one and he has gone 17-13 with a 2.54 GAA on the year, including 10-6 with a 2.18 GAA here at home, while vs the Canucks in his career he has gone 7-7 with a 2.34 GAA. Chicago comes in ranked 13th in the league in scoring at 2.73 gpg, while also ranking 20th in shots taken (29.2 spg) and 15th in power play conversions, converting on 18.1% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have been very solid as they come in ranked 7th in goals allowed, giving up 2.48 gpg, while also ranking 22nd in shots allowed (31.1) and 28th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 24.4% of their chances.
- The Under is 9-2-6 in their last 17 vs. the Western Conference
- The Under is 5-1-2 in their last eight games following a win
- The Under is 4-0-2 in their last six vs. Pacific
- The Under is 5-2 in their last seven home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
The Blackhawks are playing well and they come in off a huge 1-0 road win over the Bruins, while the Canucks have won six of their last 10 games. Both teams are getting great play in the crease and I feel that will continue here. The Canucks have not been able to score a whole lot of late and they will not get much in this one, while the Blackhawks have been inconsistent on offense and will find it hard to get much off of a hot Ryan Miller. Look for a 2-1 type game here.