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Chicago Blackhawks vs Carolina Hurricanes Betting Preview

Carolina Hurricanes

Chicago Blackhawks
30-30-9 March 21, 2014, 08:00 PM | United Center 40-15-15

The visiting Hurricanes hope for a solid performance on Friday as they look to steal a win at United Center against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks are 40-15-15 so far on the season. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, are 30-30-9. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Chicago go 34-36 and the Hurricanes go 28-34-7 on the totals.View Carolina Hurricanes vs Chicago Blackhawks Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Chicago sat as -231 Favorite over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

This game puts the Blackhawks, most recently No. 11 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Hurricanes, who rate a No. 25 in the latest survey.

Carolina won its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Blue Jackets on March 18. Bettors who backed the Hurricanes at +168 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 1-ranked offense (3.39 goals per game) against a Hurricanes defense that ranks No. 18 at 2.83 goals per game allowed. The Blackhawks powerplay has clicked at a 21.17% rate while the Hurricanes have a 81.6% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Carolina at Winnipeg, Saturday, March 22nd
Chicago home to Nashville, Sunday, March 23rd