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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 3/27/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks (48-21-6) at Tampa Bay Lightning (36-29-9)
Date & Time Monday March 27, 2017, 7:30 PM (EDT)
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The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning +113 / Chicago Blackhawks -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Chicago Blackhawks look to shake off a terrible outing against the Panthers on Saturday as they head into Tampa Bay to face off with the Lightning on Monday.

The Blackhawks played one of their worst games in the last few seasons on Saturday night as they were trounced 7-0 by a Panthers team that is poised to miss the playoffs and they will look to rebound as they take on another Eastern Conference playoff hopeful on Monday night against the Lightning. Chicago is still in a tight race for top spot in the Central division and with the President’s Trophy still in their grasp as well you can be sure they will be playing for much more than home ice in the final two weeks of the regular season and that starts with a strong performance in this one. Corey Crawford is expected to be back in the crease here as he will face off against Andrei Vasilevskiy who will look to pull his team to within a single point of the Bruins for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Lightning meanwhile have really turned things up in the second half of the season and have gone from being the league’s biggest disappointment to the verge of a playoff spot in a couple of months. They will need to come up with some big efforts in the final few weeks of the season though if they’re going to jump into a wild card spot or chase down a spot in the Atlantic division bracket as a handful of teams who have played with more consistency this season are in the driver’s seat and are controlling their own destiny right now. Tampa Bay is 4-1 in their last five games following a victory but they have been woeful against the league’s top teams are they are 7-19 in their last 26 contests against a team with a winning percentage above .600.

The Hawks are 21-6 in their last 27 games on one day’s rest and 21-8 in their last 29 overall while the Lightning are 39-19 in their last 58 playing on two day’s rest and have played to the UNDER in six of their last eight Monday games. Tampa needs the win here but Chicago does as well and with the effort they had on Saturday you can be sure they will answer the call here in a big way.

Chicago Blackhawks -125
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