Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks - 3/4/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks - 3/4/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks (12-7-4) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (15-4-1)

Game Info: Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks +175 / Tampa Bay Lightning -210 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks meet in NHL action from the United Center on Thursday night.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to build on their current five-game winning streak after a 2-0 win over the Dallas Stars last time out. Victor Hedman and Steven Stamkos lead the Bolts in scoring with 20 points apiece, with Hedman logging 16 assists while Stamkos split his points between 10 goals and 10 assists. Brayden Point has 19 points with 7 goals and 12 assists with a team-high 51 shots on goal this season. Ondrej Palat has 16 points with 9 goals and 7 assists and Mikhail Sergachev has 15 points with 14 assists as well this year. Andrei Vasilevskiy continues to start the bulk of Tampa Bay’s games between the pipes, going 13-4 with 3 shutouts and a 1.65 GAA in 17 appearances.

The Chicago Blackhawks will look to build on a 7-2 win over Detroit last time out. Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks in scoring with 34 points coming on 11 goals and 23 assists with a team-high 82 shots on goal while Alex DeBrincat has 25 points with 11 goals and 14 assists. Dominik Kubalik has 18 points with 8 goals and 10 assists while Mattias Janmark and Pius Suter each have 12 points coming on 7 goals and 5 assists this season. Kevin Lankinen has made 15 starts with 9 wins and a shutout with a 2.55 GAA while Malcolm Subban’s got a 3-3 record with a shutout and a 2.60 GAA in 6 appearances this season.

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Tampa Bay is 72-34 in their last 106 road games and 42-16 in their last 58 games following a win while the under is 5-0-1 in their last 6 games overall. Chicago is 9-3 in their last 12 games overall and 13-6 in their last 19 home games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 home games.

I get Tampa Bay being favored here as they are the defending champions and the more consistent team after all. However, this Chicago team hasn’t been afraid to take on anyone at this point and they usually play their best at home as it is. There’s just too much value with Chicago to pass up on here. Give me Chicago and the plus money in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Chicago +175

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