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Hockey odds preview - Tampa Bay vs. Chicago


Tampa Bay Lightning

Chicago Blackhawks
0-1-0 October 05, 2013, 08:00 PM | United Center 1-0-0



Hockey bettors look for value at United Center on Saturday as host Chicago battles the Tampa Bay Lightning in hockey odds action.

The Blackhawks bring a 1-0-0 record to the battle against the 0-1-0 Lightning. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Chicago go 1-0 so far and the Lightning go 0-1.

View Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Blackhawks in this one found them earlier as -215 Favorite on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 21-rated Lightning taking on the No. 10-rated Blackhawks in this contest.

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Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 3-1 loser as they battled the Bruins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Bruins at -190 were rewarded, while the 4 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 6-4 winner as they battled the Capitals at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blackhawks at -154 were rewarded, while the 10 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 1-ranked offense (6 goals per game) against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 16 at 3 goals per game allowed. The Blackhawks powerplay has clicked at a 25% rate while the Lightning have a 100% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Lightning at Blackhawks trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games on the road
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 9 games
Chicago is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games at home


Next up:
Tampa Bay at Buffalo, Tuesday, October 8th
Chicago at St. Louis, Wednesday, October 9th