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One Streak Ends When Bolts Host Hawks

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While everyone talks about the Chicago Blackhawks and their 12-game winning streak, and deservedly so, the Tampa Bay Lightning are on a tear of their own as they bid to win their seventh consecutive game when they host the Hawks Thursday night.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of the Lightning’s last 17 games against the Western Conference.
  • The Blackhawks are 6-0 in their last six games on the road.
  • The Blackhawks are 7-0 in their last seven games against the Eastern Conference.

No matter what side you’re on at the betting window, there is value to had here. At online shop Bovada, the Hawks are currently -110 road underdogs while the Bolts are priced at -120 on home ice. Bovada has the total at 5.5 with OVER -135 and UNDER +105

The clubs have met once already this season, with the Hawks skating to a 1-0 overtime victory back on October 24. Furthermore, when looking back to last season’s Stanley Cup Final, the Blackhawks have gone 4-0 in the last four meetings between the two teams.

Going beyond their current streak, the Bolts have gone 7-1 in the month of January and have posted a 4-0 record at Amalie Arena in the month.

The recent success has the Lightning sitting in fifth in the Eastern Conference with 54 points but closing the gap with the second-placed Florida Panthers.

Over the in West, the 12-game win streak has the Hawks building a strong lead as they now sit five points up on the Dallas Stars heading into Thursday’s slate of games.

On a packed Thursday board in the NHL and with stars at each end of the ice, this is clearly the game of the night. Considering the great betting value available on the two hottest teams in the league, it could be the game of the night for hockey bettors as well.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Chicago Blackhawks opened as 104 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including BetOnline. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under betting, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 2.8-2.6 result in favor of the Lightning today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Chicago Blackhawks have seen them go 32-13-4 so far this season, while the Lightning are at 25-17-4. In totals betting, the Tampa Bay Lightning are 16-23-7, while the Blackhawks are 16-23-10. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Chicago injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 12-ranked Tampa Bay Lightning and the No. 6-rated Chicago Blackhawks in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Tampa Bay Lightning No. 12-ranked offense (2.72 goals per game) against a Chicago Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 3 at 2.27 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 17.95% rate while the Blackhawks have a 82.22% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Chicago was a 4-1 winner on the road against the Predators. Bettors on Chicago at -110 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors home happy as well.

Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 6-4 result against the Oilers on January 19. Bettors who backed the Lightning at -231 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (10) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
  • Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games at home
  • Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chicago

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago at Florida, Friday, January 22nd
Tampa Bay at Florida, Saturday, January 23rd