Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Lightning vs Blackhawks NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
(15-4-1) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks (12-7-4)
Date: Thursday, March 4th 2021
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Lightning -215 | Blackhawks +175
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: OFF
The Chicago Blackhawks on the other hand are performing a lot better than I thought, as I put them firmly in the rebuilding or fringe playoff contender bin, which was obviously wrong with this Blackhawks team coming into this game with 12 regulation wins of their own and passing the eye test on the ice.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay is playing some incredible hockey and it all starts with the defense and goal tending which have contributed to this team only conceding 3 goals in their last 5 games. It is therefore no surprise that the Lightning won every one of those last 5 games and now this squad will have their eyes set on extending that streak to 6 and the way this team is rolling it is hard to bet against them doing just that.
The Lightning are fundamentally sound in terms of defense, but what makes the so dangerous is how evenly distributed their offense is, as this Tampa Bay team can beat their opponents from line one through 4. Steven Stamkos would be the big name guy going forward for the Lightning and he remains solid and reliable as ever as he has scored 10 goals and 10 assists in his 19 games played.
It really did not look like this was going to be a season to remember for Chicago, as they just could not find their rhythm early on, but they have found it as of late winning 9 of their last 12 games in an impressive run that is putting them squarely in the middle of the Stanley Cup conversation.
The biggest reason for the Blackhawks success, and contrary to the way the Lightning’s offense operates, is the play of Patrick Kane who has 11 goals and 23 assists in the 23 games he has played this year further cementing himself as the greatest American hockey player of all time.
He will need to continue that high level of play if this team is to make a run, though, as you feel if his production even slows down a bit it is going to be tough for these other guys on Chicago to step up and make up for it.
Kevin Lankinen is slated to get the start here and that could make this game a goalies duel, with Lankinen sporting excellent numbers of 9-3-3 in terms of overall record and .924% in terms of save percentage.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Under is 5-0-1 in Lightning last 6 overall.
- Under is 4-0 in Lightning last 4 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Under is 4-0 in Lightning last 4 games following a win.
- Under is 4-0 in Blackhawks last 4 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Under is 5-1 in Blackhawks last 6 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Under is 13-6-1 in the last 20 meetings.
- Under is 10-2 in the last 12 meetings in Chicago.
Free Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks NHL Prediction:
It is tough to see this being too high scoring with these two netminders going toe to toe on Thursday, as they both have elite statistics and as I previously stated the Tampa Bay Lightning just don’t seem to concede much at all.
These teams both have offensive pieces that can get the puck in the back of the net against anyone, but this is a tough situation to imagine a shootout happening and with the line where it is right now I am more than happy to roll with the under here.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Under the total
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