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ANAHEIM www.avalancheshoponline.com , Calif. (AP) —during his 18-year NHL career. The Hall of Fame defenseman added one more to the list on Sunday night when he became the ninth player to have his number retired by two teams.The Anaheim Ducks raised Niedermayer’s No. 27 to the rafters at the Honda Center, honoring their former team captain, who helped lead them to their only Stanley Cup title in 2007. He first had his number retired by the New Jersey Devils in 2011.The Ducks honored Niedermayer before their game against Washington and culminated a week of events celebrating the franchise’s 25th season. Niedermayer signed with Anaheim in 2005 after 13 seasons with New Jersey. He scored 60 of his 172 career goals in five seasons with the Ducks, and remains the franchise leader in goals, points (264) and power-play goals (39) among defensemen. Niedermayer also held the assists mark until Cam Fowler passed him during the Ducks’ 5-2 win against the Capitals.Ever the consummate teammate, Niedermayer mentioned every player and coach on the 2007 title team before his number was raised.The most important teammate though on that club was his brother, Rob. Scott Niedermayer said after the ceremony that the 2003 Stanley Cup Final Colorado Avalanche T-Shirts Womens , where his Devils beat Rob’s Ducks in seven games in 2003, put the wheels in motion on trying to play with his younger brother.“When we were 10 years old we would have loved to beat the heck out of each other in a Stanley Cup game and rub it in. When we were older in 2003 it was a different story,” Scott Niedermayer said. “To win a Stanley Cup here exceeded what I thought was going to happen.”Niedermayer won the Conn Smythe Trophy, which is given to the Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, after the Ducks defeated the Ottawa Senators in five games.“The bigger the game, the better he played. He is the greatest champion of our generation,” said former Anaheim great Paul Kariya. “His ability to control the game on offense and defense was unmatched by any player.”Niedermayer was the first player in hockey history to win a Stanley Cup Colorado Avalanche Hoodies Womens , Olympic gold medal, World Championship, World Cup, Memorial Cup and World Junior title. He is also the only player to have won a combination of four Stanley Cups and two Olympic gold medals.Niedermayer is the third player to have his number retired by Anaheim. He joins the No. 8 of Teemu Selanne and Kariya’s No. 9.“It was enjoyable. It was good to sit back and reflect,” Niedermayer said. The Chicago Blackhawks (9-18-5) will try to end an eight-game losing streak and beat the Pittsburgh Penguins (13-10-6) for the ninth straight time on Wednesday when they host them as home underdogs at sportsbooks.The Blackhawks will be playing on back-to-back nights for the second time in a week as well after falling to the Winnipeg Jets 6-3 on Tuesday with goaltender Cam Ward in net for the first time since December 1. NHL betting line: The Penguins opened as -200 favorites (wager $200 to win $100); the total is at 5.5 goals, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)NHL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 3.3-2.2 Colorado Avalanche Hats Womens , Penguins (NHL picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or Spotify or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week鈥檚 top sports betting news.Why the Penguins can pay on the NHL linesThis is obviously not the same Chicago team that Pittsburgh has lost eight consecutive games to, and it shows in the standings. While the Penguins are still in the mix for a playoff spot, the Blackhawks are clearly in rebuilding mode after firing head coach Joel Quenneville and starting to deal some of their players such as Nick Schmaltz.Pittsburgh has also won three of its last four games following a 2-1 shootout victory against the New York Islanders on Monday behind strong goaltending from Casey DeSmith (25 saves).Why the Blackhawks can pay on the NHL linesChicago is long overdue to end its skid, and Pittsburgh would seem to be the ideal opponent to help build the team's confidence. The Blackhawks have held the Penguins to only one goal in each of the past five meetings, outscoring them by a 24-5 margin during that stretch, including 12-2 last season alone.Offense has not been the issue for them lately Custom Colorado Avalanche Jerseys , either, as they have scored two goals or more in each game during their losing streak and at least three in four of them. The key to Chicago earning a win in this spot is better goaltending, and they will be looking for Corey Crawford to return with a good effort. Smart betting pickCrawford has been much better at the United Center this season with a 4-5-1 mark and 2.39 goals-against average compared to 1-9 with a 4.02 GAA on the road. The problem is, the Blackhawks are just 1-9 the last 10 times when playing the second game of a back-to-back situation.One of these teams will bust a slump here, and the odds are in Pittsburgh's favor for a reason. Look for the Penguins to end their series slide with a rare win in the Windy City.NHL betting trendsThe total has gone under in nine of Pittsburgh's last 13 games when playing Chicago.Chicago is 0-5 in its last five games.Chicago is 1-4 in its last five games at home. All NHL odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report鈥檚 official odds partner, OddsShark. 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