Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 10/24/13
Chicago Blackhawks (6-1-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (5-3-0)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Tampa Bay Times Forum)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning +129 / Chicago Blackhawks -142 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning have been a bit of a surprise this season with their 5-3-0 start, but if we look a little bit deeper it's not hard to see why. Really this club has two quality wins on the season, one coming against the Los Angeles Kings and the other against the opponent they're playing on Thursday. Their 3-2 road win over the Blackhawks early in the season is their best of the season and you can bet the Blackhawks will be looking for a little revenge in this one. The Lightning were routed on home ice on Saturday night, a 5-0 defeat at the hands of the Boston Bruins, but they've had some time to get things straight at practice. Chicago is coming off a shootout victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night in a game they didn't play all that well in. All these things should be motivation for a Blackhawks club that if they play motivated shouldn't have too many issues with the Lightning. They need to stay out of the box and get their forecheck going. Tampa Bay feeds off their power play but if Chicago is disciplined they should find a way in this one.
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