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NHL betting line favors Blackhawks over Panthers

Florida Panthers

Chicago Blackhawks
9-16-5 December 08, 2013, 07:00 PM | United Center 20-6-5

The Chicago Blackhawks look to emerge victorious in NHL odds action as the Panthers arrive at United Center on Sunday.

The Blackhawks currently sport a record of 20-6-5. The Panthers are 9-16-5. Betting totals have seen the Blackhawks post a 17-14 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Panthers have gone 13-13-4 against the number.

View Florida Panthers vs Chicago Blackhawks Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Blackhawks in this one found them earlier as -271 Favorite on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

This game puts the Blackhawks, most recently No. 3 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Panthers, who rate a No. 27 in the latest survey.

Florida won its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Red Wings on December 7. Bettors who backed the Panthers at +117 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Ducks at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Ducks at +140 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 3.55 goals per game, against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 26 at 3.27 goals allowed. The Blackhawks power play is averaging 21% while the Panthers defense kills off 76.4% of their penalties.

Next up:
Florida home to Detroit, Tuesday, December 10th
Chicago at Dallas, Tuesday, December 10th