Chicago Blackhawks (14-30-2) vs. Vancouver Canucks (30-11-4)
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks 1/22/24 – NHL Free expert analysis continues with an exciting showdown between the Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks – two teams with vastly differing current standings that promise an exhilarating showdown! In this article we’ll analyze key components of both squads – their offensive/defensive capabilities/goaltender selection/trend analysis as well as insights into betting odds/trends for this matchup.
Chicago Blackhawks have struggled to find their offensive rhythm this season, ranking near the bottom in goals scored. Key contributors for them this season include Jason Dickinson’s 15 goals and 9 assists over 46 games played despite struggling to generate consistent scoring opportunities; Philipp Kurashev and Ryan Donato have also made contributions that may improve offensive output for them as a collective group effort is required for greater improvement of offensive production by all.
Conversely, Vancouver Canucks have one of the league’s potency offenses. Led by JT Miller – with an incredible 61 point total from 45 games played and Elias Pettersson contributing 59 – their dynamic duo strikes fear into opposing defenses and defenseman Quinn Hughes contributing 53 points has further demonstrated this depth on offense for this team whose ability to score at will makes them formidable opponents for any other.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks 1/22/24 Game Info
|Monday, January 22, 2024, at 10:00 PM ET
Goaltender Petr Mrazek vs. Goaltender Thatcher Demko
Petr Mrazek of the Chicago Blackhawks provides their goaltending needs. Mrazek has appeared in 31 games so far this season and earned 12 wins while suffering 16 defeats; his goals-against average currently stands at 3.04 with an overall save percentage of 0.906. Mrazek has had moments of brilliance but consistency remains an issue for him; therefore facing Vancouver Canuck’s potent offense poses another tough test to Mrazek’s ability.
On the Vancouver Canucks side of things, Thatcher Demko has been an outstanding goaltender this season – earning 23 wins out of 32 games with an astounding goals-against average of 2.42 and save percentage of 0.919 he has been an essential element to their success this year. Demko’s consistency and ability to make key saves has played an instrumental role in their team’s rise up the standings this year.
NHL Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
Betting odds have yet to be set in this matchup; it would be prudent for fans to monitor them as soon as they become available nearer the game date. Due to a dramatic discrepancy in team records and performance between these rivals, however, the Canucks may emerge as favorites in this contest.
Chicago Blackhawks Betting Trends
Chicago Blackhawks have had an uphill struggle this season, as evidenced by their betting trends. Over their past five games they are 2-3 against the spread with 2 going over in those matches; but overall their road record against the point spread stands at an 8-16 mark indicating difficulty covering it away from home. Totals have gone over in two of those five matches but have proven hard to hit consistently over this span.
Vancouver Canucks Betting Trends
Vancouver Canucks have recently enjoyed an impressive winning streak. Over their past five games and against-the-spread performance in them all, they boast a 4-1-0 mark against total and an outstanding 16-9 road mark against total in recent games; but its worth noting that totals have only gone over once during that span, suggesting lower scoring contests for their matchup.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks 1/22/24 Betting Picks
As we study this matchup, it becomes evident that Vancouver can easily claim an edge when it comes to both their overall record and offensive production. Chicago Blackhawks, while showing occasional signs of competitiveness this season, have had difficulty consistently performing at a high level.
Taken the chances and recent performances of both teams into consideration, it would seem wiser to select Vancouver Canucks as the preferred pick in this contest. While Blackhawks could mount a tough fightback effort, Vancouver Canucks’ offensive prowess and Thatcher Demko’s outstanding goaltending make them formidable opponents.
Keep in mind that recent Canuck games have seen low scoring totals, making the under an attractive proposition. For those curious to experiment with prop bets or over/under options, Multi-Expert Best Picks might also prove useful in selecting their perfect picks.
Free Pick and Prediction: Vancouver Canucks 4, Chicago Blackhawks 2