The Blackhawks wrap up the end of a four-game Florida road trip on Tuesday night when they battle the Panthers for the second time in three days. Let’s take a look at this Central Division showdown from a betting perspective in our Blackhawks vs. Panthers betting preview with odds, picks and predictions.
Blackhawks vs. Panthers Betting Preview
Things looked promising for the Blackhawks on Sunday evening, when it seemed like Patrick Kane scored his second goal of the early season before a coach’s challenge called by Florida’s Joel Quenneville sparked a review which showed that the play was offsides, thus negating the goal.
From that point on, the Panthers controlled the pace of play for the majority of the night, en route to a 5-2 win. Chicago’s defense has now allowed five goals exactly in all three games to start the season, with both goaltenders Malcolm Subban & Colin Delia both looking subpar in net. Meanwhile, Florida looked sharp in its first contest of the year after being delayed for a few extra days thanks to COVID-19 postponements versus Dallas.
Blackhawks vs. Panthers Odds
Here are the lines for Blackhawks vs. Panthers at FanDuel Sportsbook:
Spread: Blackhawks (+1.5 -175); Panthers (-1.5 +150)
Moneyline: Blackhawks (+145); Panthers (-170)
Over/Under: Over 6.5 (-130)/Under 6.5 (+110)
Bets We Like With a Blackhawks Win
Dominik Kubalik to Score a Goal Anytime (+215 DraftKings)
The second-year forward oddly didn’t see much ice time on Sunday night, and when Hawks coach Jeremy Colliton was asked about this in his post-game press conference, he said that he wasn’t aware it. He added that “The ice times were totally out of whack on the stats report we got. We were also wondering what was going on, because they didn’t match up with what we saw.” This isn’t a total indictment of his staff, but the fact of the matter is Kubalik needs to play more minutes tonight and find his way onto the scoresheet in order for Chicago to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat.
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Bets We Like With a Panthers Win
Panthers Team Total (OVER 3.5 Goals -117, DraftKings)
Florida was able to find the back of the net with relative ease over the final 40 minutes of play on Sunday night, scoring five goals on 29 shots. Veteran defenseman Keith Yandle, who nearly had his 866 consecutive games-played streak broken as a healthy scratch, was eventually activated and scored his 100th career goal in the second period, which gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead at that point.
This is a club that did lose a bit of speed from previous seasons, but added some size and grit that still can contribute offensively, and with Chicago’s defensive woes glaringly apparent, I expect Florida to have another high-scoring evening.
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Bets We Like Independent of the Outcome
Full Game OVER 6.5 Goals (-110, DraftKings)
These two clubs were flying up and down the ice for most of the first and second periods, then the Panthers took over and overwhelmed Chicago late for the win. The Blackhawks have some big concerns both on defense and between the pipes, but they still have some offensive punch in them. Given the negated goal from Kane and some missed chances in the second frame on Sunday, I expect we see another track-meet style of scoring in this showdown.
Blackhawks vs. Panthers Prediction
The Hawks are really up against it with their lack of stability on the back-end, which isn’t a good thing to have in today’s NHL. Florida’s offense will get many open looks in this rematch, and I predict the Panthers will get another win at home by a score of 5-3.
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