Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Blackhawks vs Lightning NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
(27-28-8) Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (40-18-5)
Date: Thursday, February 27th
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay, FL
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Blackhawks +175 Lightning -215
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Lightning -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 6
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have followed a franchise-record 11-game winning streak by losing a season-high three straight contests in regulation as they prepare to host the struggling Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.
The Lightning were mighty stingy during their hot streak, but have surrendered 16 goals during the losing stretch after falling 4-3 at home against Toronto on Tuesday.
Stat to know: Chicago D Duncan Keith scored the 100th goal of his career Tuesday and has six points over the past four contests. He has been rolling as of late
If you are thinking of placing a betting prediction on this match, continue reading for our detailed summary and our expert prediction at the end.
Chicago has fallen eight points behind three teams tied for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference after losing four of five games and going 2-7-2 in the last 11 following a 6-5 setback at St. Louis on Tuesday.
Former Hart Trophy winner Patrick Kane boasts three of his team-high 28 goals and six assists during a six-game point streak to boost his club-best point total to 78.
Captain Jonathan Toews, who had an assist in the 4-2 home loss to Tampa Bay on Nov. 21, recorded 10 of his 54 points in the last nine games while fellow forward Dominik Kubalik leads all rookies in the league with 26 goals – five in the last nine contests.
Chicago, which is 28th in the league on the power play (15.5 percent), but is 5-for-14 in the last three games and went 3-for-4 with the man advantage Tuesda
Blackhawks G Corey Crawford (11-18-3) had a .934 SP in February before giving up six goals on 37 shots versus St. Louis.
Corey Crawford should be the starting goalie in the game tonight. His stats up to this point on the season are: 11-18-3 W-L | 2.9 GAA | 0.913 SV% | 1 SO
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning will attempt to extend their winning streak against the Blackhawks to nine games, but may have to do it without second-leading scorer Steven Stamkos after the captain left Tuesday’s contest with a lower-body injury.
Tampa Bay C Barclay Goodrow had an assist in 10 minutes, 40 seconds of ice time in his team debut Tuesday.
While Chicago has picked it up on the power play, Tampa Bay is struggling with special teams after allowing eight goals in 22 attempts down a man over the past five games and scoring only three times with the man advantage in 41 tries the last 16 contests.
Reigning Hart Trophy winner Nikita Kucherov reached 30 goals for the fifth straight season Tuesday and has at least a point in the last 17 games he has played to push his team-leading total to 76 – 10 more than Stamkos.
Andrei Vasilevskiy (league-best 32 wins) has stopped 81-of-97 shots the last three games, but is 4-0-0 with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage in his career against the Blackhawks.
Andrei Vasilevskiy should be the starting goalie in the game tonight. His stats up to this point on the season are: 32-12-3 W-L | 2.61 GAA | 0.915 SV% | 2 SO
NHL Betting Trends:
- Favorite is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings.
- Blackhawks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Tampa Bay.
- Blackhawks are 0-8 in the last 8 meetings.
- Under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay.
- Under is 12-4-1 in the last 17 meetings.
Free Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Prediction:
This is going to be an exciting game and one that I believe is going to be closely contested. If you’re going to place a bet, pay attention to the trends I posted above. These are usually some of the best pre bet indicators for success!
To keep it all long but sweet, my expert betting prediction is below. I hope everyone who reads this article has good luck with their prediction!
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