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Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning 01/13/2021 NHL Previews, Spread and Game Analysis

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Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning 01-13-2021 NHL Previews Spread and Game Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning 01/13/2021 – Action on ice is back Wednesday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Chicago Blackhawks inside the Amalie Arena in Florida for the opening night of the 2021 NHL Season. Match begins at 8:00 PM Eastern Time and will be broadcasted live on NBCSN with simultaneous streaming on NHL.TV. NHL betting picks for this opener predict the defending Stanley Cup Champions to take off to a blazing start over the Blackhawks with a -222 price to win. 

Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning 01/13/2021

When: Wednesday, January 13, 8:00 PM ET

Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

TV: NBCSN

Stream: NHL.TV

Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning 01/13/2021 Betting Odds:

Team PUCKLINE TOTAL ML
Chicago Blackhawks +1.5 (-159) 6.5 o (+100) +176
Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5 (+128) 6.5 u (-123) -222
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Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks are given the early underdog tag for their first game of the shortened season. Pegged at +176, the visitors will be looking to defy the projection, knowing that there should not be any room for a slow start in a 56-game regular season. It will be a daunting task, however, as expected rust will be put to test against a confident Lightning squad, which is coming off a historic championship run. The Blackhawks, though, know how to respond when the odds are against them. For what it’s worth, the team put the league on notice when they shocked the Edmonton Oilers in the qualifying round of last year’s playoffs as a 12th-seeded team, and perhaps they can still bring in the same intensity come opening night. 

Players to watch: P. Kane RW G 33 A 51 PTS 84, J. Toews C G 18 A 42 PTS 60, D. Kubalik LW G 30 A 16 PTS 46

Tampa Bay Lightning

The title defense campaign for the Lightning will get off the ground at home in Tampa Bay, but it is not without early setbacks trying to spoil their return on ice. With COVID-19 concerns still haunting the game to this day, the reigning champs will have to protect home ice sans the crowd. With the fans out, the Lightning will need to summon their grit and stay focused, especially with star winger Nikita Kucherov already ruled out for the rest of the regular season due to a hip injury. Nevertheless, the championship DNA is still expected to manifest as early as Wednesday night. It will not be surprising to see Tampa Bay unleash their A-game and seize win No. 1.

Players to watch: N. Kucherov RW G 33 A 52 PTS 85, S. Stamkos C G 29 A 37 PTS 66, B. Point C G 25 A 39 PTS 64

Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Predictions

Trends

Blackhawks

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago’s last 6 games.
Blackhawks are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
Chicago is 1-8 SU in their last 9 games against Tampa Bay.
Chicago is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games on the road.
Blackhawks are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay.

Lightning

Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Tampa Bay’s last 18 games against Chicago.
Lightning is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago.
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Western Conference conference.
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Tampa Bay’s last 12 games played on a Wednesday.

Blackhawks vs Lightning Betting Picks

The Lightning may be short-handed with one of their key players out but the defending champions remain dangerous with the rest of their core expected to lord over the visiting Blackhawks. It won’t be a one-sided affair, though, with Chicago expected to put up worthy competition on the road. But Tampa Bay’s composure will be a huge difference in this game. Count the Lightning’s first win of the season with a squeaker.

Score Prediction: Blackhawks 2, Lightning 3.