Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 11/21/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Tampa Bay Lightning (9-7-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (9-8-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 8:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks / Tampa Bay Lightning --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks meet Thursday in NHL action at the United Center.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 30.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with seven goals, Mikhail Sergachev has nine assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 50 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 76.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 38 goals on 397 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 19 goals on 202 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last nine games.
The Chicago Blackhawks look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 14.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 11 goals, Erik Gustafsson has four assists and Alex DeBrincat has 54 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 30 goals on 349 shots faced and Robin Lehner has allowed 28 goals on 423 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or less goals in six of their last nine games.
The Lightning are 7-0 in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in Chicago and 11-4-1 in the last 16 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Lightning haven't lost to the Blackhawks since October of 2015, and it's only a matter of time before they snap out of this inconsistent stretch. With that said, the Tampa Bay Lightning are one of the many teams that have lost you money on the season and with them expected to be favorites here, there's value in fading them until they get their act together. The Chicago Blackhawks are playing their best hockey of the season over the last week and the defense has improved quite a bit. I'm looking to fade the Tampa Bay Lightning until they can string a few wins together.