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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 3/29/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks (48-21-7) at Pittsburgh Penguins (46-18-11)
Date & Time Wednesday March 29, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -133 / Chicago Blackhawks +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Chicago Blackhawks make a rare visit to PPG PAINTS Arena to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in Wednesday NHL hockey.

The Tampa Bay Lightning might be banged up and less then 100% but that didn’t stop them in a 5-4, overtime victory against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. The Lightning rallied from a three goal deficit before Yanni Gourde ended the score fest on his breakaway tally with 35 seconds remaining in the extra session. Jonathan Drouin led Tampa Bay with two goals with Anton Stralman and Ondrej Palat also lighting the lamp. Andrei Vasilevskiy gave up three goals in the first before Tampa Bay pulled him but Vasilevskiy returned for the second and finished with 25 stops. The Blackhawks offense saw Patrick Kane, Tomas Jurco, Artemi Panarin and Richard Panik each score with Scott Darling recording 25 saves.

The  Philadelphia  Flyers  are  a  desperate  playoff  hopeful  squad  so  points are  needed every  time  they  take  the  ice.  The  Flyers  kept  their  postseason  hopes  alive  with  a  6-2 win  versus  the  Pittsburgh  Penguins  who  happen  to  be  a  huge  rival  so  the  victory was  doubly  satisfying.  The  balanced  Philadelphia  attack  featured  goals  from  Jordan Weal,  Jakub Voracek,  Dale Weiss,  Valtteri  Filppula,  Shayne  Gostisbehere  and  Radko Gudas.  Steve  Mason  stopped  25  shots to  keep  the  Flyers  alive for  another  day.  The Penguins  received goals  off  the  sticks  of  Patric  Hornqvist  and  Matt  Cullen  with  Matt Murray  allowing  five  goals  on 32  shots  as  Pitt  dropped  their  third  straight  contest and failed to  pick up ground on the Washington Capitals.         

The Blackhawks are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record and the Blackhawks are 1-7 in their last 8 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game while the over is 5-1-2 in Blackhawks last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. The Penguins are 0-5 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and the over is 4-0 in Penguins last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600 while the over is 5-1 in Penguins last 6 following a loss of 3 or more goals. The under is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh and the Blackhawks are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings while the under is 12-3-1 in the last 16 meetings.  

The Blackhawks have been strong performers in this match up and the under has done even better which is my lean until goalies are announced…

Chicago team total over 2.5 // will update

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