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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks - 3/21/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Vancouver Canucks (28-34-9) at Chicago Blackhawks (47-20-5)
Date & Time Tuesday March 21, 2017, 8:30 PM (EDT)
Location
The Line
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -290 / Vancouver Canucks +235 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
CSN-Chicago
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The United Center and the Chicago Blackhawks host the Vancouver Canucks in Tuesday night NHL hockey action.

The Edmonton Oilers had racked up 14 goals in winning back to back contests so they looked keep lighting up the scoreboard when the Vancouver Canucks came to town on Saturday. The Oilers high flying offense was held in check so the defense and goaltending were forced to carry the load and they did just fine in a 2-0 victory. Mark Letestu and Connor McDavid  provided the scoring for Edmonton with Leon Draisaitl logging a pair of helpers and even that was plenty with Cam Talbot putting up a brick wall as he brushed aside 33 shots to post shutout number six on the year to lift the Oilers to their third straight win. Richard Bachman played well between the pipes for the Canucks in just his second start with 20 stops in taking the loss.

The struggling Colorado Avalanche looked like a playoff team through two periods at the Chicago Blackhawks with a 3-1 lead. However, the Blackhawks suddenly awoke with a five goal barrage for a 6-3 victory Sunday for win number five in a row. The Hawks attack featured a pair of tallies from Jonathan Toews with Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin, Richard Panik and Marcus Kruger. The third period fireworks made a winner of Chicago back up goalie Scott Darling who made 22 saves. The Avalanche received two goals from Mikhail Grigorenko with Sven Andrighetto also lighting the lamp. Jeremy Smith was in the nets for his 6th career start for Colorado and recorded 28 saves to absorb the loss. 

The Canucks are 0-4 in their last 4 Tuesday games and the Canucks are 0-4 in their last 4 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game while the  Canucks are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Central. The Blackhawks are 8-0 in their last 8 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation and the over is 8-1-2 in Blackhawks last 11 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation while the Blackhawks are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Canucks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and the  over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings while the Canucks are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago. 

The over has been okay in this match up and the Blackhawks have been the side to be on which I lean until goalies are announced…

Pick:
Chicago -1

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