NHL Sportsbooks Preview Tampa Bay vs. Chicago Matchup
This online NHL betting evening, sportsbook players can wager on a Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks inter-conference matchup. The Blackhawks are having a pretty terrible season and will likely open as heavy betting underdogs. However, considering this game will be broadcast nationally, there will be plenty of fans tuning in. What kind of turnout are sports betting sites predicting for this evening’s contest?
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Monday, Jan. 22nd
When: 8:30 pm ET
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Stream: NBC Extra, NHL TV
Online NHL Betting Lines:
Tampa Bay Lightning -1 ½ (+250) 6 (-105) -120
Chicago Blackhawks +1 ½ (-300) 6 (-115) EV
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Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning bolt into this evening’s pairing sporting a 31-12-3 record that ranks them 1st in the Atlantic Division. Furthermore, the 65 points Tampa Bay has amassed this season pegs them as the top dog in the Eastern Conference. In fact, only the Vegas Golden Knights have more points than Tampa Bay. Notwithstanding the fact that the Lightning are one of the best teams in the NHL, it comes as a huge surprise to see Chicago facing such forgiving odds. Granted, the Blackhawks are coming off a playoff season, but they’re far from contenders this season. But since the Lightning are 2-5 in their last 7, it looks like hockey betting books are expecting the bad times to keep on rolling. So what bets should players make on this Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks matchup?
Considering the odds Tampa Bay is facing, backing the Lightning seems like a great option for this evening’s matchup. Neither team has had success against the spread this season, so it would be wiser to avoid that line. However, the Lightning do have a 26-19 record against the over/under line this season, so taking them against the totals isn’t half bad of an option. The payout on the totals is much better than the spread as well.
The Blackhawks slide into this Monday night matchup flashing a 22-18-6 record that ranks them dead last in the Central Division. Nevertheless, Chicago’s 50 points on the season still gives them a shiver of hope for the playoff. It would require a miracle, and picking up a win this evening wouldn’t hurt. But Chicago is 1-3 in their last 4 and don’t have any momentum whatsoever. Will they really be able to pull off such a devastating upset this evening?
A look at each teams’ stats certainly doesn’t favor Chicago. Firstly, Chicago’s offense is inferior to Tampa Bay’s. Since the Lightning have the No. 1 scoring offense in the NHL, there’s a leap of teams that fall into that category. Secondly, the Blackhawks’ 9th rated scoring unit will likely struggle against the Lightning’s 4th rated defense. Thirdly, the Lightning once again take the advantage in the power play percentage category; the Blackhawks rank 28th in power play percentage while the Lightning rank 3rd overall.