Chicago Blackhawks (14-12-5) at Tampa Bay Lightning (21-6-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 4:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -245 / Chicago Blackhawks +218 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in NHL action from the Amalie Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Chicago Blackhawks will look to bounce back from a 4-2 loss to the Lightning in their last matchup. Patrick Kane leads the Hawks in scoring with 42 points including 12 goals and a team-high 30 assists, as many assists as Alex DeBrincat has points with DeBrincat logging a team-high 15 goals and 15 assists. Dominik Kubalik and Mattias Janmark each have 10 goals as well for the Blackhawks this season. As a team, Chicago is averaging 3 goals per game on 29.5 shots per game with a 29.2% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.2 goals against per game along with 34.1 shots against per game and a 72.6% success rate on the PK.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to build on their win over Chicago last time out. Victor Hedman leads the Lightning in scoring with 29 points including a team-high 23 assists while Steven Stamkos has 28 points split between a team-high 14 goals and 14 assists. Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat each have 27 points with 11 goals and 16 assists this season. As a team, Tampa Bay is averaging 3.6 goals per game on 30.9 shots per game with a 28.9% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.3 goals against per game with 27.6 shots against per game and an 83.8% success rate on the PK this season.
Chicago is 1-5 in their last 6 games overall and 0-4 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-0-2 in their last 7 games as an underdog. Tampa Bay is 37-14 in their last 51 games overall and 72-30 in their last 102 home games while the over is 6-1-1 in their last 8 games as a favorite. Chicago is 1-7 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Tampa Bay.
The plus money with the Blackhawks is worth a look, but realistically, the Blackhawks were paying off earlier this season but lately the slide has been real and has been burning a hole in the pockets of whoever has stayed the course. Tampa Bay continues to play solid hockey and have had the number of Chicago this season, winning 5 of 6 meetings with 4 of those wins coming on the puck line. It’s a hefty price to give up for -1.5, but I’ll back the Bolts on the puck line in this one.