Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning - 3/18/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning - 3/18/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (20-6-2) vs Chicago Blackhawks (14-11-5)

Game Info: Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning -263 / Chicago Blackhawks +210 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Thursday in NHL action at the

The Chicago Blackhawks need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 29.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex DeBrincat leads Chicago with 15 goals, Patrick Kane has 30 assists and Dominik Kubalik has 90 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 74.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Kevin Lankinen has given up 58 goals on 688 shots faced and Malcolm Dubban has given up 25 goals on 269 shots.

The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a win after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 28.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 14 goals, Victor Hedman has 22 assists and Brayden Point has 80 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 42 goals on 622 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 19 goals on 151 shots.

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The Blackhawks are 18-6 in their last 24 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Lightning are 71-30 in their last 101 home games and 64-25 in their last 89 overall. The over is 5-0-1 in Blackhawks last 6 overall. The over is 6-1 in Lightning last 7 overall. The Blackhawks are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Tampa Bay and 8-20 in the last 28 meetings.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the rightful favorites in this spot, as they're head and shoulders the better team and are cashing tickets left and right. However, the Chicago Blackhawks have provided some value in the underdog role this season and have played their best hockey on extended rest. The Blackhawks haven't played since Monday. The Blackhawks have also been competitive against the Lightning lately, winning one of the last three meetings and taking another contest to overtime. This is a lot of plus money. I'll take a shot in the dark.

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Randy’s Pick Chicago Blackhawks +210

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