Chicago Blackhawks vs Anaheim Ducks
The Chicago Blackhawks vs Anaheim Ducks, The Anaheim Ducks vs Chicago Blackhawks, Blackhawks vs Ducks, live stream, Ducks vs Blackhawks live stream The Chicago Blackhawks vs Anaheim Ducks are showing how meaningless tonight’s game with the Anaheim Ducks will be when it was announced earlier today that Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith, and Niklas Hjalmarsson will all be watching from the pressbox tonight for some much deserved rest before the playoffs begin.
I had been hoping for Coach Joel Quenneville to decide to give some of the veterans the week off especially Hossa, so I was pretty excited reading the update about tonight.
Some other news that was told to everyone today is that Artem Anisimov has been skating and is on schedule to be playing when the playoffs begin next week, but he won’t be on the ice in LA on Saturday night.
So with all the players missing we do get to see some interesting lines tonight. The Anaheim Ducks (44-23-13) have not enjoyed much recent success against the Chicago Blackhawks (50-22-8), but they are catching them at a good time with a lot on the line Thursday, and they are small -130 home favorites (bet $130 to win $100) at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.
The Blackhawks essentially have nothing to play for after clinching the top seed in the Western Conference, while the Ducks can win the Pacific Division title with their third straight victory and if the San Jose Sharks beat the Edmonton Oilers.
Anaheim leads Edmonton by four points thanks to a 9-0-3 run, with one of the losses during that stretch coming on the road against the Oilers, costing the team the season series.
The Ducks have also dropped five of the past six meetings with Chicago dating back to the 2015 Western Conference Final, according to the OddsShark NHL Database, but they did win the teams’ last matchup, 1-0 at the United Center in March, and could take two of three this year with a victory.
The Blackhawks have lost four of six overall, although the two wins came versus the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets by a combined score of 8-2 to help them earn the No. 1 seed in the West. Chicago’s last two losses both occurred after the Minnesota Wild sealed the deal with a 3-0 road loss Saturday to the Nashville Predators.
I do like the fact that Coach Q isn’t benching Artemi Panarin so he can’t have a shot at his incentive bonus, and that Tanner Kero is still in the middle of the Breadman and Patrick Kane.