Chicago Blackhawks (0-1) at Tampa Bay Lightning (1-0)
NHL Hockey: Friday, January 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -270 / Chicago Blackhawks +235 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in NHL action from the Amalie Arena on Friday night.
The Chicago Blackhawks will try to bounce back and earn a split of the back-to-back with Tampa Bay after a 5-1 loss to the Bolts last time out.
Ondrej Palat opened the scoring for Chicago just after the midway point of the opening period and Mathieu Joseph and Anthony Cirelli would push Tampa’s lead to 3-0 by the end of the 1st period with a pair of goals 1:39 apart.
Steven Stamkos pushed the lead to 4-0 with the lone goal of the middle period coming just before the midway point of the 2nd and Brayden Point made it 5-0 Bolts early in the 3rd. Dylan Strome pulled a consolation goal back to ge Chicago on the board with just under four minutes to play, but that’s as close as Chicago would get as Tampa Bey held on for the victory at the final horn by four goals.
Andrei Vasilevskiy got the win in goal for Tampa Bay after stopping 22 of 23 shots faced in the winning effort while Malcolm Subban took the loss in for Chicago after giving up all 5 goals on 32 shots faced in the defeat.
Chicago is 0-5 in their last 5 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games.Tampa Bay is 100-45 in their last 145 home games and 45-17 in their last 62 games overall while the under is 3-0-3 in their last 6 home games. Chicago is 1-8 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between the two in Tampa Bay.
I get the allure of the plus money as it’s still early in the season, guys are still getting their feet underneath themselves, and it only takes one bounce to completely shift the game in Chicago’s favor. However, we saw how much of a mismatch the first meeting was and I can’t help but think we see more of the same here as Tampa Bay gets more comfortable. I think it’s a long season coming for the Chicago Blackhawks. Give me Tampa Bay on the puck line in this one.