Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 2/27/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Chicago Blackhawks (27-28-8) at Tampa Bay Lightning (40-18-5)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning / Chicago Blackhawks --- Over/Under:
The Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Thursday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.
The Chicago Blackhawks need a win after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 15.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 28 goals, Jonathan Toews has 38 assists and Alex DeBrincat has 182 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 93 goals on 1,066 shots faced and Robin Lehner has allowed 94 goals on 1,152 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 13 games.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a win to snap a three-game losing streak. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 23.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 30 goals, Steven Stamkos has 37 assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 119 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 123 goals on 1,443 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 44 goals on 497 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed two or less goals in seven of their last 12 games.
The Blackhawks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Tampa Bay and 0-8 in the last 8 meetings. The favorite is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings. The under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay and 12-4-1 in the last 17 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have won each of the last eight meetings against the Chicago Blackhawks, and five of those wins were decided by two or more goals. The Chicago Blackhawks continue to look like a team that's run out of gas and they're back to their issues on the defensive end. The Tampa Bay Lightning should be eager to snap out of this three-game losing streak and there's no reason not to like them at home given the history between these two clubs. Give me the Tampa Bay Lightning and PL for added value.