Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning - 3/20/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning - 3/20/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (21-6-2) vs Chicago Blackhawks (14-12-5)

Game Info: Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 4:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning -245 / Chicago Blackhawks +218 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Saturday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.

The Chicago Blackhawks need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 29.2 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 3.2 goals per game and are killing 72.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Kevin Lankinen has given up 61 goals on 710 shots faced and Malcolm Dubban has given up 25 goals on 269 shots.

The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a win after winning 11 of their last 14 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 28.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 14 goals, Victor Hedman has 23 assists and Brayden Point has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 83.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 44 goals on 643 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 19 goals on 151 shots.

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The Blackhawks are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Lightning are 72-30 in their last 102 home games and 37-14 in their last 51 overall. The over is 5-0-2 in Blackhawks last 7 overall. The over is 6-1-1 in Lightning last 8 overall. The Blackhawks are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Tampa Bay and 8-21 in the last 29 meetings. The favorite is 24-9 in the last 33 meetings.

The Chicago Blackhawks have provided value in the underdog role at times this season, but they're back to their losing ways and are now a losing team in terms of money earned this season. The Tampa Bay Lightning continue to pile up the wins left and right, are firing on all cylinders and have won five of the six meetings this season against the Blackhawks. In the last two meetings alone, the Lightning have outscored the Blackhawks 10-5. I have no choice but to side with the Lightning and the PL for max betting value.

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Randy’s Pick Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5

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