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Blackhawks Primed to Take Advantage of Pinwheeling Panthers

It’s the beginning of a new regime for the Florida Panthers with the official announcement that Tom Rowe will coach the team until the end of the year. Their game tonight against the Blackhawks in Chicago will be their first since the firing of Gerard Gallant and the uncertainty that comes with the first few games with a new coach at the helm is more than enough to scare me off a moneyline bet on the Cats.

SHARK BITES
  • The Blackhawks are 8-1-2 at home this year while the Panthers are 4-6-1 on the road.
  • The Panthers are 1-8 in their last 9 games against the Blackhawks.
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of the Blackhawks' last 7 games against the Atlantic Division.

Rowe has never been the head coach of an NHL team so there is sure to be an adjustment period, especially given how Gallant’s tenure in Florida ended. Panthers ownership saw the organization going in a different direction than their former coach did and went to drastic measures to make sure the ship got turned in the direction they thought was best.

When you parlay that with the fact the Blackhawks are home in this one – for the first time in eight games – it makes me really like Chicago tonight. Corey Crawford will start in net for the ’Hawks and that only bolsters my confidence. The 31-year-old netminder has a .953 five-on-five save percentage and has really only struggled to stop the puck on the penalty kill.

The Panthers have cashed in on just 17.7 percent of their power plays this season and there will likely be mass confusion across the board for a team that’s had just two days to adopt and learn a new system.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Chicago Blackhawks as -141 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL betting matchup earlier. The over under total, meanwhile, was set early at 5 before betting started to move the line at Bet365.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 3.1-2.3 win for the Panthers on Tuesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Florida Panthers vs Chicago Blackhawks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Chicago Blackhawks currently sport a record of 14-6-3. The Florida Panthers are 11-10-1. Betting totals have seen the Blackhawks post a 7-10-6 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Panthers have gone 9-8-5 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Florida injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 10-rated Chicago Blackhawks and the No. 19-ranked Florida Panthers, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Chicago Blackhawks No. 9-ranked offense (2.87 goals per game) against a Florida Panthers defense that ranks No. 17 at 2.64 goals per game allowed. The Blackhawks powerplay has clicked at a 17.72% rate while the Panthers have a 82.09% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Florida lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Hurricanes on November 27. Bettors who backed the Hurricanes at -105 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Chicago was a 2-1 loser on the road against the Kings. Bettors on Los Angeles at -150 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Florida is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games
  • Florida is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road
  • Florida is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing Chicago
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Florida's last 11 games when playing Chicago
  • Chicago is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
  • Chicago is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • Chicago is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Florida

Next Betting Matchups

Florida at Detroit, Thursday, December 1st
Chicago home to New Jersey, Thursday, December 1st

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