Penguins-Blackhawks Look End to Sportsbook Losing StreaksPosted by: Charlie Smith
We are rapidly approaching the start of the online NHL betting postseason which means that sportsbook players will soon have to contend with the NHL playoff odds. One question that bettors will have to entertain is the possibility of the Pittsburgh Penguins winning back-to-back titles. It’s almost impossible to do so in the NHL, but the Penguins have the talent. They’ll just have to find a way to contend with the best teams in the league.
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The Penguins will get an opportunity to prove to the nation that they can beat the best Wednesday night when they lock horns with the Chicago Blackhawks. Both teams enter Wednesday night’s game riding a losing streak, so it’ll be interesting to see who will triumph over the other. This contest will mark the second time these two franchises have faced each other this season, with the Blackhawks coming out on top the first time around 4-1. Let’s see what most hockey betting sites are predicting.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Wednesday, March 29
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Online NHL Betting Odds:
Chicago Blackhawks +1½ (-255) 6 (-105) +115
Pittsburgh Penguins –1½ (+215) 6 (-115) -135
After competing in 76 games this season, the Blackhawks have amassed a 48-21-7 record that nets the franchise 103 points, tying Chicago for the third-highest tally in the NHL with none other than the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Blackhawks have gone 1-3 in their last 4 games and enter this game riding a 2-game losing streak. Chicago last took to the ice Monday night when they faced off against Tampa Bay. The Lightning ended up coming out on top 5-4 in overtime.
The Blackhawks come into this contest with the NHL’s 7th best offense and 10th best defense. However, Chicago sports the league’s 17th worst power play percentage and 26th worst penalty kill percentage. Chicago will be looking from a strong performance from Patrick Kane who is leading the team in points (82), goals (34), and assists (48).
The online NHL betting favorites have played 75 games this season and have a posted 46-18-11 record in that tenure. As previously stated, Pittsburgh has 103 points on the season, which places them 3rd in the Metropolitan, 2-points behind Columbus and 6-points ahead of the Rangers. The ‘Guins have gone 1-3 in their last 4-games as well, and enter Monday night’s game riding a 3-game losing streak. The Penguins are coming off a humbling 6-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers this past Sunday night.
Pittsburgh’s offense has been lighting up the scoreboard all season long and the Penguins come into this matchup with the NHL’s No. 1 offense. Additionally, Pittsburgh has the NHL’s 16th worst defense, 5th best power play percentage, but 19th worst penalty kill percentage. The Penguins will be led by none other than Sidney Crosby who is leading the franchise in points (82) and goals (42).