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Ducks at Blackhawks: What bettors need to know

Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks (-162, 5.5)

The Chicago Blackhawks are hoping a return to the Windy City does not stop their momentum as they begin a seven-game homestand against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. The last remaining team without a regulation loss, Chicago is back in familiar surroundings following a 4-0-2 road trip that concluded Sunday with a fourth straight victory, a 3-0 triumph over the Nashville Predators. The Blackhawks, who have played a league-low two home contests thus far, are five away from setting the NHL record for most games without a regulation loss to start a season.

The current mark is held by Anaheim, which began its 2006-07 championship campaign with a 12-0-4 run before suffering a 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames. The Ducks are off to a strong start themselves this abbreviated season and enter Tuesday having won five of their last six contests. They improved to 2-1-0 on their six-game road trip with a 6-5 shootout triumph Saturday over the St. Louis Blues in which Teemu Selanne and Bobby Ryan recorded four points apiece.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, Prime Ticket (Anaheim), CSN (Chicago)

ABOUT THE DUCKS (8-2-1): The 42-year-old Selanne's four-point performance was his second in 22 days as he also accomplished the feat on Jan. 19 at Vancouver. The "Finnish Flash" is one of only three players in league history who have registered at least four points in a game at the age of 42 or older. Detroit's Gordie Howe (42 years, 326 days) notched four points against Buffalo on Feb. 20, 1971 and Pittsburgh's Tim Horton did the same on Jan. 15, 1972 versus Philadelphia. Selanne's team-leading 14-point total is his highest through the first 11 games of a season since he also recorded 14 with Winnipeg in 1995-96 at the age of 25.

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (10-0-2): Patrick Kane, who extended his goal-scoring streak to five games against Nashville, was named the NHL's First Star for the week ending Sunday. The 24-year-old recorded five goals and an assist in three contests and has notched at least one point in all but one game this season. Kane, who has nine tallies and 19 points, is two goals and four points behind league leader Thomas Vanek of Buffalo. Captain Jonathan Toews reached a milestone Sunday, scoring his 150th career goal. Corey Crawford posted his sixth career shutout and first since 2010-11 by making 17 saves. Crawford faced only three shots in the first period and four in the second.

TRENDS:


* Under is 7-1 in the last eight meetings.
* Under is 5-0 in Blackhawks’ last five home games.
* Under is 5-0 in the last five meetings in Chicago.
* Blackhawks are 8-1 in their last nine games following a SU win.

OVERTIME:

1. The Ducks have won only two of their last nine visits to Chicago.

2. Six of the top eight players in plus-minus will be on the ice Tuesday. Anaheim's Saku Koivu (plus-11) and Sheldon Souray (plus-10) lead the way, while Chicago's Toews and Johnny Oduya are plus-9 along with Daniel Winnik and Francois Beauchemin of the Ducks.

3. Anaheim recalled D Nate Guenin from Norfolk of the American Hockey League, where he has recorded 12 points in 41 games.

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