Carolina Hurricanes (6-1) at Chicago Blackhawks (3-4-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +155 / Carolina Hurricanes -188 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Carolina Hurricanes and Chicago Blackhawks meet Thursday in NHL action at the United Center.
The Carolina Hurricanes look to build on their five-game winning streak. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 26.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Vincent Trocheck leads Carolina with five goals, Sebastian Aho has five assists and Andrei Svechnikov has 25 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 1.7 goals per game and are killing 91.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed three goals on 66 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed nine goals on 106 shots.
The Chicago Blackhawks need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with five goals, Alex DeBrincat has six assists and Dominik Kublik has 34 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 78.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Kevin Lankinen has given up 15 goals on 231 shots faced and Collin Delia has given up 10 goals on 73 shots.
The Hurricanes are 8-3 in their last 11 road games and 5-0 in their last 5 overall. The Blackhawks are 10-4 in their last 14 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Blackhawks last 5 overall. The Hurricanes are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Chicago and 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.
The Carolina Hurricanes should be favored to win this game and are on quite a tear right now with a defense that's giving up nothing easy. However, the Chicago Blackhawks are a lot more competitive than we thought they'd be and they could easily have a lot more points in the standings. In fact, the Blackhawks have forced overtime in four of their last eight games, which includes the meeting against these Hurricanes a couple days ago. The Blackhawks have betting value as long as they continue to fight. I'll take the PL with the home team.