Planning on watching today's Blackhawks and Ducks game? Catch the action at Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, as the Ducks hosts this showdown at 10:00 ET on NBCS. The over/under for this Western conference contest is set at 6 goals, with the Ducks being favored by -1.5 goals at home against the Blackhawks.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS VS ANAHEIM DUCKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Anaheim Ducks -1.5

This game will be played at Honda Center at 10:00 ET on Thursday, March 21st.

WHY BET THE ANAHEIM DUCKS:

  • Even though they are considered 1.5-goal underdogs, our projection points to a 4-3 win for the Blackhawks.
  • We like the Blackhawks on the moneyline (+102)
  • The Blackhawks are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Can the Blackhawks Pull Out the Win as Road Underdogs?

On the season, the Blackhawks are 19-45-5, which has them 8th in the Central Division and 15th in the Western Conference. In the Western Conference, Chicago has gone 12-29, and they have a road record of 5-27-1.

Chicago has lost two straight games on the road and have gone 4-6 in their last ten games. As the underdog, the Blackhawks have gone 16-44-5, and they have lost two straight games when not favored.

Chicago enters the game with a puck line record of 31-38 overall and 10-23 on the road. Their average scoring margin on the road this season is -2.3 goals per game.

So far, the Blackhawks have 10 wins by multiple goals and have gone 1-2 against the puck line in their last three games. They have gone 4-6 against the puck line in their last 10 games and are 29-36 as the underdog.

Games involving Chicago have an average of 5.8 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.1. In terms of their over/under performance, the Blackhawks come in with a record of 28-39-2.

Across the Blackhawks last three road games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 4. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-2, while going 1-2 straight-up.

On offense, the Blackhawks are averaging 2.2 goals per game which is 31st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 30th in the league. The Chicago offense is ranked 26th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 26th in the NHL.

Chicago's leading scorer is Connor Bedard. So far, he has 21 goals which is 84th in the NHL. Bedard also comes into the game with 33 assists.

Entering the game, the Ducks' defense ranks 27th in takeaways, averaging 5.9 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 4th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.4 goals per game.

Heading into this matchup vs. Anaheim, goalie Arvid Söderblom has started 24 games in this season. His current record is 4-19, and his save percentage stands at 0.623%.

Will the Ducks Find a Way to Win at Home?

At home this season, the Ducks have gone 10-24-1, including a three-game losing streak. In the Pacific Division, Anaheim is in 7th place with a record of 5-11. Overall, the Ducks have gone 23-43-3, and they have lost their last seven games.

Against Western Conference opponents, Anaheim has gone 10-28 this season. In games where they have been favored, the Ducks have gone 3-5. Over their last ten games, Anaheim has gone 2-8, and they have lost all five of their most recent games.

Overall, the Ducks have gone 34-35 against the puck line this year, including going 16-19 at home. So far, they have had 10 wins by multiple goals and 13 wins by just one goal.

Across their last ten home games, the Ducks have gone just 3-7 against the puck line and their average scoring margin at home is at -1.1 goals per game. This year, Anaheim has been the underdog in 61 of their 69 games and their puck line record as the underdog is at 32-29.

For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Anaheim is 6.1. The season's average over/under line is currently at 6.3. The Ducks come in with an over/under record of 32-33-4.

Through their last three road games, Chicago has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 1-2 while averaging 2 goals per game.

For their offensive performance, the Ducks come in averaging 2.5 goals per game this season, which is 30th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 29th in the league. The Ducks went 4-17 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 17-23.

Anaheim will be looking for a good game from Frank Vatrano who leads the team in scoring with 29 goals, ranking 27th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Vatrano has 21 assists this season.

Entering the game, the Ducks' defense ranks 27th in takeaways, averaging 5.9 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 4th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.4 goals per game.

Heading into this matchup vs. Chicago, goalie John Gibson has started 41 games in this season. His current record is 13-24, and his save percentage stands at 0.873%.