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Blackhawks are Cleaning up Against Losing Teams

Things have gotten ugly for the Tampa Bay Lightning. They’ve lost eight of their last 10 games and have picked up just five points in that span. They’ll attempt to stop their current three-game skid this evening when they take on the Blackhawks at the United Center but with the ’Hawks opening as -166 favorites, bookmakers aren’t so sure they can make it happen.

SHARK BITES
  • The Blackhawks are 7-0 SU in their last 7 games against teams with losing records.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Lightning's last 6 games against the Blackhawks.
  • The Lightning have a 9-17 SU record on the road this year.

Whenever I get ready to bury this Blackhawks team, they rise from the ashes and start another goddamn winning streak. They’re coming off a 4-2 win against the lowly Canucks in which they grabbed a late winner as -200 favorites. Chicago has been succeeding in this spot all season long, with a 22-7-3 record as the favored team.

Since Steven Stamkos went down, there hasn’t been much positivity to speak of for this Lightning team. The highlight of their season was and will probably end up being Martin St. Louis’ jersey retirement ceremony. That’s no slight against Marty, it’s just not a good look for a team that was supposed to compete for Eastern Conference supremacy.

Chicago hasn’t been a horrible spread bet at home this season so if you’re not feeling the minus-money number being offered by sportsbooks, take a look at the Blackhawks puckline that’s paying around +165.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Chicago Blackhawks were listed earlier today as -166 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada), while odds makers set the opening betting total around 5.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Blackhawks to win this game 2.8-2.5. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Chicago Blackhawks are 30-14-5 so far on the season. The Tampa Bay Lightning, meanwhile, are 21-22-5. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Chicago go 17-21-11 and the Lightning go 23-20-5 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 18-ranked Chicago Blackhawks and the No. 16-rated Tampa Bay Lightning in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Chicago's No. 13-ranked offense, averaging 2.8 goals per game, against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 24 at 2.96 goals allowed. The Blackhawks power play is averaging 17.93% while the Lightning defense kills off 80.12% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Tampa Bay was a 5-3 loser in its last match on the road against the Coyotes. They lost as -155 underdogs, while the total score of 8 made winners of OVER bettors.

In their last action, Chicago was a 4-2 winner at home against the Canucks. Bettors on Chicago at -200 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • Chicago is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games
  • Chicago is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games at home
  • Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay at Florida, Thursday, January 26th
Chicago home to Winnipeg, Thursday, January 26th

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