The Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning go at it for the second straight night at the United Center.
Let’s take a look at this Central Division showdown on March 5, 2021 in our Lightning vs. Blackhawks betting preview with odds, picks and player prop predictions.
Lightning vs. Blackhawks Betting Pick
The Blackhawks suffered an absolutely heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss last night against Tampa Bay. Lightning winger Alex Killorn scored with 0.1 seconds left in the extra session to seal the victory and the important second point in the standings.
Chicago took a 2-0 lead midway through the second period after forward Alex DeBrincat tipped in a shot for his 12th goal of the year.
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Meanwhile, Tampa goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy finally had his shutout streak of 228:09 snapped.
Expect to see both backups Curtis McElhinney and Malcolm Subban to play for Tampa and Chicago, respectively, this evening.
The Lightning have now scored 20 goals during their current six-game winning streak and have won 11 of the last 12 meetings against Chicago dating back to the 2016-17 season.
Lightning vs. Blackhawks Odds
Here are the lines for Lightning vs. Blackhawks at DraftKings Sportsbook:
Spread: Lightning (-1.5 +135); Blackhawks (+1.5 -162)
Moneyline: Lightning (-190); Blackhawks (+160)
Over/Under: Over 6 (-117)/Under 6 (-105)
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Bets We Like With a Lightning Win
Brayden Point to Score a Goal Anytime (+155, William Hill)
The 24-year old winger has been quiet lately, with only one goal scored in his last five games. The two-time All-Star has done well against the Blackhawks in his career, scoring six goals and seven assists in 10 regular season meetings versus Chicago. This feels like a good spot for him to get back on track.
Bets We Like With a Blackhawks Win
Alex DeBrincat to Score a Goal Anytime (+235, FanDuel)
While most of the talk surrounding the Blackhawks offense is focused on Patrick Kane’s hot run, don’t forget about DeBrincat, who scored his 12th goal of the season last night. In the process, he overtook the team lead from Kane. I expect another tally on the scoresheet from “The Cat” in tonight’s contest.
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Bets We Like Independent of the Outcome
Goal Scored in First 10 Minutes (NO +114, DraftKings)
We saw a scoreless first period last night between these two clubs and I would expect to see another one again this evening, despite the fact that both backup goaltenders are projected to start. This is an important series for both squads, and goals will be at a premium tonight.
Lightning vs. Blackhawks Prediction
Chicago will certainly be out for revenge this evening after playing a solid game for the first 40 minutes, then blowing the lead late and allowing the winning goal at the very end of overtime. I expect to see a tight game just like last night, but with the Blackhawks pulling the upset and taking a 3-2 victory in the end.
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