Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/4/21

Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/4/21 Photo by Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (15-4-1) at Chicago Blackhawks (12-7-4)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +159 / Tampa Bay Lightning -200 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to build on their five game winning streak. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 27 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 10 goals, Victor Hedman has 16 assists and Brayden Point has 51 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.1 goals per game and are killing 88.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 28 goals on 479 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up eight goals on 77 shots.

The Chicago Blackhawks look for a win after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 11 goals, Alex DeBrincat has 14 assists and Dominik Kubalik has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Kevin Lankinen has given up 39 goals on 516 shots faced and Collin Delia has given up 10 goals on 73 shots.

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The Lightning are 72-34 in their last 106 road games and 59-22 in their last 81 overall. The Blackhawks are 13-6 in their last 19 home games and 9-3 in their last 12 overall. The under is 5-0-1 in Lightning last 6 overall. The over is 4-1 in Blackhawks last 5 overall. The Lightning are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Chicago and 10-1 in the last 11 meetings.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are going to be favorites for obvious reasons, as they're clearly the more talented team, are on a bit of a hot streak and have won 10 of the last 11 meetings in this series. However, the Blackhawks continue to get these sweet underdog prices and they continue to win games. The Blackhawks are becoming an above average offensive club and they're more profitable up to this point than teams like the Islanders and Flyers. I'll take a shot with the plus money here.

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Randy’s Pick Chicago Blackhawks +159

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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