The Carolina Hurricanes host the Chicago Blackhawks tonight in a battle between two teams sitting close to atop the Central Division.
Let’s take a look at this showdown from a betting perspective in our Blackhawks vs. Hurricanes betting preview with odds, picks and predictions.
Blackhawks vs. Hurricanes Betting Pick
The Blackhawks enter this contest in a tie for first place in the Central Division with the Panthers, who earned two points on Wednesday evening beating these same Hurricanes in overtime by a 4-3 final. Meanwhile, the Hawks beat Detroit 2-0 later that night.
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Rookie goaltender Kevin Lankinen made 29 saves to record his first career shutout and even picked up an assist on Philipp Kurashev’s power-play goal in the second period. Winger Alex DeBrincat scored his ninth goal of the year, an empty net tally in the final minute of play to seal the victory.
With the win, Chicago is now 7-1-1 in their last nine games overall and will only have to play once this weekend in Raleigh, after it was announced that Saturday’s contest has been moved to a later date so that Carolina can play a makeup game against Tampa Bay.
Blackhawks vs.Hurricanes Odds
Here are the lines for Blackhawks vs. Hurricanes at DraftKings Sportsbook:
Spread: Hurricanes (-1.5 +130); Blackhawks (+1.5 -157)
Moneyline: Hurricanes (-186); Blackhawks (+160)
Over/Under: Over 6 (-121)/Under 6 (+100)
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Bets We Like With a Hurricanes Win
Hurricanes Team Total OVER 3.5 Goals (-114 DraftKings)
Carolina has a ton of speed and skill on offense, and with 21 total goals scored in their last five games combined, I expect them to find the back of the net often tonight against this Hawks team that is still susceptible to allowing goals. It’s true that Chicago has made despite significant improvements on defense and between the pipes in goal.
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Bets We Like With a Blackhawks Win
Dominik Kubalik OVER 2.5 Shots on Goal (+105, PointsBet)
The 25-year old Czech native has fired three or more shots on goal in four of his last five games, scoring a pair of goals in Monday’s win over Detroit. I like for Kubalik to get over his shot total this evening, especially with how Chicago’s power-play is clicking, scoring a goal in six of their last eight contests.
Bets We Like Independent of the Outcome
Full Game OVER 6 Goals (-121, FanDuel)
While Chicago has played mostly lower scoring games of late, that’s partly due to the opponents they have faced in offensively-challenged squads like Detroit and Dallas. Carolina is all about high-tempo, fast-paced hockey, especially at home, where they are 3-2 to the over, and 9-4-1 overall on the season.
Blackhawks vs. Hurricanes Prediction
The Blackhawks are defying the experts and critics with their winning ways as of late, but this Carolina team coming off of a pair of blown leads in their loss to Florida, will be focused and prepared tonight, and I look for the Hurricanes to pick up a 5-3 victory at home.
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