Florida Panthers (33-14-5) at Chicago Blackhawks (22-22-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +135 / Florida Panthers -149 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Florida Panthers and the Chicago Blackhawks meet in NHL action from the United Center on Saturday night.
The Florida Panthers will look to build on their 4-3 overtime win over Chicago last time out. Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers in scoring with 58 points including a team-high 40 assists while Aleksander Barkov has 52 points with a team-high 24 goals and 28 assists. PAtric Hornqvist and MAcKenzie Weegar each have 32 points with Weegar logging 28 assists and Hornqvist adding 14 goals while Anthony Duclair has 28 points with 20 assists this season. As a team, Florida is averaging 3.2 goals on 34.6 shots per game with a 21.2% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.7 goals on 30 shots with a 79.3% success rate killing off penalties this season.
The Chicago Blackhawks will try to bounce back from their loss to the Panthers in their last matchup. Patrick Kane leads the Hawks in scoring with 61 points including a team-high 46 assists, the same amount of assists that Alex DeBrincat has point in 2nd with his team-high 24 goals and 22 assists this season. Dominik Kubalik has 16 goals to match his 16 assists and Pius Suter has 23 points with 13 goals and 10 apples this season. As a team, Chicago is averaging 2.8 goals on 29.6 shots with a 22.4% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.2 goals on 33 shots with a 76.5% success rate killing off penalties this season.
Florida is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall and 4-0 in their last 4 games played on 1 days rest while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. Chicago is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 home games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog. The favorite is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I get the case that you could make both ways here, as Florida is the better team and Chicago needs the points. The issue with the Blackhawks is that they’re back to providing no value in the underdog role and I just don’t see any reason to back them here when they’re on their last legs and fading out of the playoff hunt. Florida is trying to pick up momentum down the stretch and I just think that they get the job done even on the road against a desperate Chicago team.