Carolina Hurricanes (23-8-3) at Chicago Blackhawks (17-15-5)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +135 / Carolina Hurricanes -162 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Carolina Hurricanes and the Chicago Blackhawks meet in NHL action from the United Center on Thursday night.
The Carolina Hurricanes will look to rebound from a 2-1 loss to the Blackhawks last time out. Sebastian Aho leads the Hurricanes in scoring with 33 points including a team-high 15 goals along with 18 assists while Martin Necas has 9 goals and 19 assists for his 28 points and Dougie Hamilton has 27 points with a team-high 24 assists and 107 shots on goal. Andrei Svechnikov, Vincent Trocheck and Jordan Staal all have double-digit goal and assist tallies while Nino Niederreiter has 14 goals this season. As a team, Carolina is averaging 3.3 goals on 31.8 shots with a 30.2% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.5 goals on 28.8 shots with an 83% success rate on the PK this season.
The Chicago Blackhawks will be out to build on their 2-1 win over the Hurricanes last time out. Patrick Kane leads the Hawks in scoring with 49 points including 13 goals and a team-high 36 assists, as many assists as Alex DeBrincat has points in 2nd with a team-high 19 goals and 17 assists this season. Dominik Kubalik has 11 goals and 15 assists for his 26 points while Mattias Janmark and Pius Suter each have double-digit goal tallies this season. As a team, Chicago is averaging 2.8 goals on 29.3 shots with a 27% success rate on the PP while allowing 3.1 goals on 34.1 shots with a 73.8% success rate on the penalty kill this season.
Carolina is 11-4 in their last 15 games overall and 9-4 in their last 13 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 6-1-2 in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record. Chicago is 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win and 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home underdog while the under is 6-0-1 in their last 7 games overall. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I’ve gone back and forth on this game as Carolina’s the better team side-by-side, but the Blackhawks have picked up a couple of wins in the matchup and both were at home. Instead, I’m going to side with the over. Most of these meetings this season have seen at least seven goals and I think another high-scoring game is on the cards here. Give me the over in this spot.