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Blackhawks face stiff test vs lethal Lightning

The Chicago Blackhawks will look to turn their season around and get their third straight win when they face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight. The Lightning are in the driver’s seat in the Eastern Conference with 32 points and are 15-5 SU. The Blackhawks opened as +150 road dogs to get the victory at Amalie Arena.

  • Tampa is 3-0 SU in its last three games vs Chicago.
  • Tampa is 1-5 ATS in its last six games at home.
  • Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford is expected to start tonight.

There’s something off about the Chicago Blackhawks and it may be their line with winger Patrick Kane. The elite playmaker has not been the game-changer like in years past when he topped the league in scoring. Trading away a player like Artemi Panarin (Kane’s linemate) for Brandon Saad may have seemed like a good idea at the time but the results have been mixed for the Blackhawks. They’re 10-10 SU and ATS this season and have been a frustrating wager for bettors. The good news, though, is they’ve won three straight road games and a win tonight versus the Lightning would be a great way to repay backers for their loyalty.

The Lightning have been the class of the NHL after 20 games. Tampa has yet to lose consecutive games this season and is coming off a tough home loss to the Islanders on Saturday. With four days of rest, expect the Bolts to come out firing as they’re 8-3 SU in their barn and their top line has accounted for 35 goals this season.

The total opened at 6 in this heavyweight matchup and the OVER looks promising. The OVER has hit in three of Chicago’s last four games. The OVER has also hit in five of Tampa’s last six games. Tampa is averaging four goals per game this season and the Steven Stamkos-Nikita Kucherov line could score that by itself.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Tampa Bay sat as -160 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 6 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 4.4-1.5 result in favor of the Lightning. 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

The Tampa Bay Lightning bring a 15-3-2 record to the battle against the 10-8-2 Blackhawks. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Tampa Bay go 13-7 so far and the Blackhawks go 10-9-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Chicago injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Lightning rated this week at No. 1 and the Blackhawks sitting at No. 6.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Tampa Bay Lightning's No. 1-ranked offense (4 goals per game) against a Chicago Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.65 goals per game allowed. The Lightning power play has clicked at a 28% rate while the Blackhawks have a 83.78% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Blackhawks were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Penguins. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at +129 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

The Lightning were a 5-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Islanders. That made winners of bettors who got New York at +154 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Chicago is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay
  • Chicago is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
  • Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
  • Tampa Bay is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Tampa Bay is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago at Florida, Saturday, November 25
Tampa Bay at Washington, Friday, November 24