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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 3/1/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins (38-14-8) at Chicago Blackhawks (39-18-5)
Date & Time Wednesday March 1, 2017, 8:00 PM (EST)
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The Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins meet up in the Windy City on Wednesday night in a show down of two of the league’s best teams.

The Penguins look shake off a tough 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars last night as they gave up a two goal cushion in the third period and came away empty handed in a game they probably should have won, but now they face off against the Hawks who are looking as good as ever and are certainly considered at least a co-favourite to come out of the Western Conference. Pittsburgh will go back to Matt Murray as they continue their road trip at the United Center as he will face off against Scott Darling who is expected to get the start in a game that could be a preview of the upcoming Stanley Cup final as these two teams look as good as anyone in their respective conferences and it would certainly be an exciting final to watch with plenty of star power on both sides. The Pens are 5-2 in their last seven games against the Western Conference but get a Hawks side here who should be well rested and ready to go.

The Blackhawks meanwhile have been business as usual this season and look to make another deep run into the Stanley Cup playoffs and what they do at the trade deadline could be a big factor into how far they go this season. Chicago has a ton of depth but are led by the duo of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and with very few if any other tandem in the league rivaling the ability of the Hawks’ core two it is easy to see why they are expected to go on a deep playoff push each season. The Blackhawks are 2-5 in their last seven Wednesday games but have won four games in a row and have the edge here not only as the home team but are coming off a night of rest while the Pens played a tough one last night.

The Penguins are 4-0 in their last four against the Central and 68-32 in their last 100 games while the Hawks are 5-2 in their last seven against the East and have played to the OVER in seven of their last nine home games. The Pens dropped a tough one last night in a potential look ahead spot but face a tough out here at the United Center as the Hawks get the victory. 

Chicago Blackhawks -0.5
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