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Lightning play host to Blackhawks

With just one regulation loss in nine games so far this season the Chicago Blackhawks will be looking to stay on a roll on Thursday as they play on the road in Tampa Bay.

Chicago enters Thursday night's game off back-to-back victories over the Maple Leafs and Panthers, which has their record at 6-1-2. The Lightning, who were blanked 5-0 by Boston last time out, sit at 5-3-0.

Betting totals have seen the Lightning post a 3-5 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Blackhawks have gone 1-8 against the number.

View Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Lightning as 129 moneyline underdogs in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.

This game puts the Lightning, most recently No. 14 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Blackhawks, who rate a No. 4 in the latest survey.

In their last action, Chicago was a 3-2 winner on the road against the Panthers. Bettors on Chicago at -180 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 6-ranked offense, averaging 3.25 goals per game, against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.33 goals allowed. The Lightning power play is averaging 21.21% while the Blackhawks defense kills off 74.07% of their penalties.

A few Blackhawks at Lightning trends to consider:
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Chicago's last 19 games on the road
Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Chicago's last 25 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games at home
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
Tampa Bay is 6-10-2 SU in its last 18 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Tampa Bay's last 25 games when playing Chicago

Next up:
Chicago at Minnesota, Saturday, October 26th
Tampa Bay at Buffalo, Saturday, October 26th