Chicago Blackhawks VS Tampa Bay Lightning

NHL Pro Hockey 08:00 PM ET

Sunday

03/05/2021

NBC Sports Chicago, SUN

Spread: Tampa Bay Lightning -220

Over/Under: 6

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The Tampa Bay Lightning will meet the Chicago Blackhawks in round 2 of the two-game series at the United Center in Chicago on Friday, March 5, 2021, at 8:00 PM ET.

After sweeping the two-game series against the Dallas Star last Tuesday, Tampa Bay survived round 1 in overtime of their two-game series versus the Chicago Blackhawks at 3-2 last Thursday. The Lightning just won 6 of their last 6 outings with the hottest goalie in the hockey league as Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded three consecutive shutouts. Tampa Bay took the lead with 3.55 (2nd) goals per match while allowing 1.95 (1st) goals per outing. Chicago, after splitting the doubleheader match versus Detroit, gave up round 1 of the two-game series against the Tampa Bay Lightning at 2-3 last Thursday. The Blackhawks recorded 3.13 (12th) goals per contest and permitted 2.87 (15th) goals per game. The Chicago Blackhawks need to get back after losing 2 of their last 5 matches.

Alex Killorn (3 SOGs), Anthony Cirelli (2 SOGs), and Steven Stamkos (3 SOGs) led Tampa Bay in the victory with 1 goal each. Killorn posted 2 points with an assist while Cirelli and Stamkos chipped in 1 point each. The Lightning is 6-0 SU in its last 6 games and 4-1 SU in its last 5 outings on the road. The Tampa Bay Lightning maintained their lead at 16-4-1 in the NHL Central Division with 33 points in 21 games played. Tampa Bay recorded 49% (20th) face-offs with 88.6% (1st) penalty kill on 26.5% (7th) power plays.

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Chicago’s Ryan Carpenter (2 SOGs) and Alex DeBrincat (3 SOGs) scored 1 goal each with 1 point apiece in leading the Blackhawks. Four Chicago players chipped in 1 assist each in the losing effort. The Blackhawks are 9-4 SU in its last 13 outings and the totals went OVER in 5 of Chicago’s last 7 contests at home. The Chicago Blackhawks took 4th place at 12-7-5 in the Central Division with 29 points in 24 games played. Chicago has a penalty kill of 75% (23rd) on 33.3% (1st) power plays and 47% (27th) face-offs.   

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks. The NHL Pick for this contest is Tampa Bay -220. The Blackhawks played well lately and proved that they can handle a stronger team like the Lightning when the team scored 2-0 in the third period but lost game 1 in overtime at 2-3. However, 10 of Chicago’s last 11 games were against a low-par team of Detroit, Dallas, and Columbus with a combined 22-44 record on the year. Moreover, the Blackhawks’ lone outing versus a winning team was against Carolina which they lost to a score of 3-5. Tampa Bay is still the best team here with the hottest goalie in the league as Andrei Vasilevskiy had three successive shutouts and prevented a goal in over 200 minutes. The prediction, Tampa Bay Lightning will win and sweep this two-game series at -220 to a score of 4-2.

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NHL Starting Time: 8:00 PM ET

Location: United Center in Chicago, IL

Date: Friday, March 5, 2021

TV: NBC Sports Chicago, SUN

NHL Odds/Point Spread: Tampa Bay Lightning -220

NHL Totals: 6

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