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Blackhawks look for a win against Pens

A potential Stanley Cup final preview is on tap on the NHL betting board at the sportsbooks for Sunday night as the Pittsburgh Penguins get a visit from the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks thumped the Penguins 5-1 as a -135 home favorite on the NHL odds when those teams last took the ice together back on March 1. That was just the third OVER result in their 10 most recent meetings dating way back to 2003.

The Penguins are 47-22-5 so far on the season. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, are 42-18-15. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Pittsburgh go 34-34-6 and the Blackhawks go 36-39 on the totals.

View Chicago Blackhawks vs Pittsburgh Penguins Odds and Stats.

If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Blackhawks listed earlier today as underdogs of 105 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Penguins at No. 14 and the Blackhawks at No. 12 heading into this contest.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 5-3 loser as they battled the Senators on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Senators at +127 were rewarded, while the 8 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 2-1 winner on the road against the Blue Jackets. Bettors on Pittsburgh at +105 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 5-ranked offense (3.08 goals per game) against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 11 at 2.61 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 23.35% rate while the Blackhawks have a 81.55% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Chicago home to Minnesota, Thursday, April 3rd
Pittsburgh home to Carolina, Tuesday, April 1st