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NHL Betting: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks Odds and Picks

At the beginning of the season, the Blackhawks were given no chance for a playoff bid.  Chicago was the 12th and last invitee to Edmonton last August.  If not for the pandemic, the Blackhawks would have been on the outside looking in.  Of course, the Lightning was a top NHL betting favorite for the 2021 Stanley Cup.  Tampa Bay is demonstrating why they are the defending champions.  Indeed, the Bolts are the deepest and most complete team in the NHL.  All of this makes for the best game of the day on Sunday from United Center in Chicago.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks Betting Information

Date: Sunday, March 7, 2021
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Location: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
TV Coverage: NBCSN

Lightning vs. Blackhawks Betting Odds

Lightning -1½ (+134) 5½ (-110) -210
Blackhawks +1½ (-154) 5½ (-110) +175
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Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks CashBet Wagering Analysis

On this occasion betting action with the sportsbook odds will split evenly.  Chicago is the resurgent home team that is showing excellent board value.  By contrast, the Lighting is the most feared team in the NHL.  Chicago is still fondly remembered for its dynasty from 2010-2015.  Three Stanley Cups went to the Blackhawks in that span.  In fact, Chicago’s last Stanley Cup was in 2015 when they beat Tampa Bay in the Final.  Tampa Bay is respected too, for its consistency over the years.  More emphatically, they stand a legitimate shot at a repeat Stanley Cup title.

Lightning Strikes the Payout Window

On the whole, the Lighting has a betting on NHL record of 15-4-1 with 9-10 under the total.  Tampa Bay has won six of their last eight games.  Five of their last six matchups stayed under the total.  First place in the Central Division belongs to the Bolts.   NHL metrics show Tampa Bay 1st for goal scoring and 7th for the power play.  Defensively the Lightning rank 2nd for goals against and 3rd for the penalty kill.

Naturally, goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has dominated with a .942 save percentage, 1.65 goals-against average, and three shutouts.  His record is 13-3-1.  Captain and center Steven Stamkos leads with ten goals, ten assists, and a plus-six.  While defenseman Victor Hedman brings four goals, 16 assists, and a plus-eight.

Hawks in the Black

Late on, the Blackhawks have won six of their last eight games.  Four of their last five have cleared the pro hockey betting total.  Chicago is 12-7-4 with 11-12 under the total.  The Blackhawks rank 12th in the NHL for goal scoring and 1st for the power play.  By contrast, Chicago is 16th for goals against and 25th for penalty killing.  The Blackhawks hold the fourth and final playoff spot in the Central.

Namely, right-wing Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks in scoring with 11 goals, 23 assists, and a plus-nine.  Kane is playing the best hockey of his career and has become a dominant two-way player.  In turn, he has emerged as a leading Hart Trophy candidate for NHL MVP.  Left-wing Alex DeBrincat adds 11 goals, 14 assists, and a plus-eight.  First goaltender Kevin Lankinen had a .924 save percentage and 2.55 goals-against average.  His record is 9-3-3.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks Against the Spread

Specifically, on the road, the Lightning is 6-3-1.  Chicago has a hockey betting record of 6-3-1 at home.  Tampa Bay has bossed the cashier’s cage against the Blackhawks.  To show, the Lighting is 10-1 in their last 11 games against Chicago.  This series is 5-4-1 over the total in the previous ten meetings.  And then, at United Center, Tampa Bay has gotten the cash in their last four visits.  Four of the last six between these teams at Chicago stayed under the total.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks CashBet Free Pick  

In this situation, Tampa Bay will get a fair NHL gambling price as the visitor.  Further, Chicago’s good play will bring the price down on the Bolts.

Lightning at Blackhawks CashBet Best Bet: 

Tampa Bay Lightning


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