Carolina Hurricanes (16-14-7) at Chicago Blackhawks (23-12-5)
|Date & Time||Friday January 6, 2017, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -196 / Carolina Hurricanes +150 --- Over/Under:
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The Carolina Hurricanes look to build on a big road win against the Blues last night as they head into the United Center to face off with the Blackhawks.
The Hurricanes put up one of their best outings of the season last night against the Blues and they will be out for more against another Central division power house as they do battle with the Chicago Blackhawks in the Windy City. Carolina got off to a slow start but they have been playing very well of late as they have won six of their last 10 games and are three games above the .500 mark heading into Friday night’s contest with a Blackhawks side that is coming off an overtime win last night against a pesky Buffalo Sabres side. Carolina is expected to send Cam Ward to the crease in this spot despite playing in a back to back while the Hawks will counter with Scott Darling who has been relegated back to the second string spot after the return of Corey Crawford last weekend.
The Blackhawks escaped a home ice win against the Sabres last night as they have rebounded nicely from their debacle in the Outdoor Classic against the Blues and now that they are back indoors they are looking more and more like a Cup contender. Chicago is so deep up top and have perhaps the best tandem of forwards in Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane and with the pedigree this group has in terms of their success it is easy to see why they are considered a threat to win a championship in each season and this year is no different. Chicago is a modest 1-5 in their last six games overall though while the Canes are 5-1 in their last six when playing in a back to back.
The Hurricanes are 4-1 in their last five Friday games and 7-3 in their last 10 against the Central while the Hawks have played to the UNDER in six of their last eight home games and in 14 of their last 27 overall. Carolina and Chicago both in a back to back has this one shaping up to be a tight game and I think the under cashes in.