Chicago Blackhawks (28-15-2) at Pittsburgh Penguins (26-12-6)
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 21, 2015, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins +100 / Chicago Blackhawks -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Penguins look to rebound after yet another loss to the Philadelphia Flyers as they return home to square off against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks head into Pittsburgh on Wednesday night looking to replicate last night's thrashing of the Arizona Coyotes as they hammered them by a 6-1 final but they know they face a different animal on the road against a solid Penguins team. Chicago got back on track after back to back losses and made a statement in the process as their offense exploded for six markers and defensively kept the already inept Arizona offense at bay allowing only one goal with backup Antii Raanta in net. Chicago will go back to Corey Crawford in this one as he will go up Marc-Andre Fleury who had the night off last night as well and the Hawks will look for their 14th win in the process. Chicago currently sits in third place in the Central division but are a point up on the Pens who sit in second in the Metro division with 59 points but do have a game in hand on Chicago.
The Penguins seem to have a complex with the Philadelphia Flyers as they dropped yet another contest to their in-state rivals and if they played their whole schedule against them the Pens would certainly be considered a league doormat. Luckily, the Pens play the rest of the NHL including the Chicago Blackhawks who the Pens don't seem to have as much trouble with and in this one we get a handful of marquee league faces as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin square off against Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane among others and as a hockey fan I can't wait for this one. The Penguins are still one of the best teams in the East and when you have Crosby and Malkin on your team you are never out of it and the fact that we are getting the Pens as a home dog is unheard of. However, this version of the Penguins is a bit different as they are without some key pieces on the blue line that bolted in the offseason and I'm not sure they have the pieces to keep up with the Hawks here.