Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild - 1/10/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Henrietta Strickland
January 13, 2018

Would have been nice to create some more tonight.

But it certainly had to feel good for the veteran Seabrook.

Blackhawks defenseman Jan Rutta left early in the third, then returned late in the period, after taking an illegal hit to the head from Minnesota's Marcus Foligno.

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, a healthy scratch in Chicago's 8-2 win in Ottawa on Tuesday night, was back in the lineup and celebrated with his first goal since opening night. It was the same finger he broke in a game last February. Chicago is only 2-6 this season in that scenario and Minnesota is 2-4, but a sample from the OddsShark NHL Database that is more favorable to the Blackhawks is their 5-1 record in their last six home games.

Jonas Brodin turned that energy into production midway through the second period, tying the game when his wrist shot from the point flubbed off Tommy Wingels and into the back of the net. It paid off early, as Seabrook pounced on a Michal Kempny rebound in the crease and knocked it in for just his second goal of the season.

Ryan didn't return for the third period Tuesday night during an against Chicago, and he wasn't with the Senators for Wednesday night's game in Toronto. With this line being unsafe on the offensive end makes it so the other teams can't stack their defense against Patrick Kane.

The Hawks scored four power-play goals to support goalie Anton Forsberg, who made 25 saves in his second straight start since he sat out four games in a row in favor of Jeff Glass.

Patrick Kane will be the Blackhawks' only representative at the All-Star game in Tampa on January 28.

Panik scored with 1 minute, 59 seconds left in the first period, his first goal since October 21, and his first five-on-five score since the second game of the season.

Corey Crawford is second among all National Hockey League starting goalies with a.929 save percentage (behind only Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy), but was left off the Central Division roster in favor or Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyck and Nashville's Pekka Rinne.

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau had no clue what words were spilling out of his mouth. But both the Hawks and Wild find themselves near the bottom of the Central Division at the halfway point of the season.

"You saw the first period", Boudreau said.

"It was good to get out of the first 1-0 and we got some big plays from a couple guys", Dubnyk said.

"I don't think in any circumstances we need more saves", said Phaneuf.

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