In what could be one of the most exciting games of the season to date, the Chicago Blackhawks will visit the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota at 8:00 PM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2013. Both of these teams have enjoyed their seasons so far, with the Blackhawks coming into tonight’s game with the highest point total in the league. We will back Chicago on Thursday night to win yet another game.

Chicago Blackhawks: Best team in the league

Chicago just knows how to win games, no matter the circumstances they encounter. The Blackhawks have an overall record of 20-5-4, which is good for a league-high 44 points. They lead the Central Division of the Western Conference and are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games played. They return to the road tonight, where they are 11-3-1 and have won six consecutive games, allowing just 10 goals total during those six straight wins. 

Minnesota Wild: Very strong team at home

Minnesota has an overall record of 16-8-5, which is good for 37 points and fourth place in the Central, seven points behind the Blackhawks. A win in regulation tonight over Chicago would really help the Wild in their quest to climb the division ladder. Josh Harding should be in net tonight for the Wild, who missed his team’s first two meeting with the Blackhawks this year. He has a league-leading 1.45 goals-against-average. In his 22 games played, Harding has yet to allow more than three goals in any single game.

We visit the sportsbook found at on Thursday night to find the odds for the NHL contest between the Minnesota Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks. With both of these teams having strong seasons, we find it difficult to make the pick, but we will go with the visiting Blackhawks and the OVER 5.5 total goals scored at +121 by betting 15 percent of our bankroll.