Chicago Blackhawks (48-21-7) at Pittsburgh Penguins (46-18-11)
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 29, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -133 / Chicago Blackhawks +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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…