Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/7/21

Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/7/21 Photo by Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (16-4-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (13-7-5)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 2:30 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +160 / 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 Sunday in NHL action at the United Center.

The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a win after winning 13 of their last 17 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 26.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 11 goals, Victor Hedman has 18 assists and Brayden Point has 61 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing two goals per game and are killing 88.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 30 goals on 516 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 11 goals on 104 shots.

The Chicago Blackhawks look for a win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 32.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex DeBrincat leads Chicago with 14 goals, Patrick Kane has 26 assists and Dominik Kubalik has 78 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 75.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Kevin Lankinen has given up 42 goals on 550 shots faced and Collin Delia has given up 10 goals on 73 shots.

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The Lightning are 73-35 in their last 108 road games and 60-23 in their last 83 overall. The Blackhawks are 4-0 in their last 4 Sunday games and 10-4 in their last 14 overall. The under is 6-1-1 in Lightning last 8 overall. The over is 5-2 in Blackhawks last 7 overall. The Lightning are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Chicago and 11-2 in the last 13 meetings.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the better team here and are playing the better hockey, so they're rightfully favored. However, the Chicago Blackhawks are playing too well to turn down at these plus money prices. The Blackhawks are on a role offensively and just beat the Lightning a couple of days ago, bouncing back after trailing by two goals in the first period. As I've done a lot this season, give me the Blackhawks and the plus money.

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Randy’s Pick Chicago Blackhawks +160

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

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