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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks 03/05/2021 Picks, Predictions and Previews
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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks 03/05/2021 – There could be no better way to start a back-to-back schedule on the road for the Tampa Bay Lightning than spoil your hosts in their home court with a late-game goal in overtime to steal a win in the first game. The Chicago Blackhawks were left with their jaws dropped as the Lightning pulled off a 3-2 OT win on Thursday via a tip-in from Alex Killorn with barely a second remaining. It was as heartbreaking as it could get for the Blackhawks and it is made worse by the fact that they will not have enough time to recuperate with the second straight showdown already scheduled on Friday. After missing its chance, Chicago now has to play in the restart as underdogs anew in the latest NHL Betting Odds. The hosts are offered at +170 while the Lightning are pegged at -200. The game begins at 08:00 PM Eastern Time with broadcasts available on ESPN+ and NHL TV.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks 03/05/2021
When: Friday, March 5, 8:00 PM ET
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks 03/05/2021 Betting Odds:
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning continues to be the hottest team in the NHL right now. After Thursday’s OT thriller, the Lightning has extended their winning surge to six to make it at the top of the division with 33 points. Entering the Blackhawks’ turf for the second time in two straight nights, Steven Stamkos and the rest of the crew will be counting on its mental edge over their hosts whom they outlasted in OT last time out. The late comeback was a result of a total team effort, but much of the credit likewise has to be given to Andrei Vasilevskiy, who stopped 35 of 37 shots en route to the victory. Friday’s game will be Tampa Bay’s third game of a six-game road trip; hence, it is relatively imperative for them to stay locked in to keep the winning streak alive.
Players to watch: S. Stamkos C (G 10, A 10, PTS 20), V. Hedman D (G 4, A 16, PTS 20), B. Point C (G 7, A 12, PTS 19).
Stunned. That’s how the Blackhawks left the ice after Thursday’s loss in overtime. After a commendable first two periods where they took a 2-0 advantage, Chicago then found the snooze button and allowed the Lightning to comeback. Coach Jeremy Colliton lamented his team’s collapse, saying they have to find a way to finish the job, especially against the top-tier teams in the Central Division. Although there were a lot of positive takeaways from the match, Colliton still hopes to have a more favorable result in their second game against Tampa Bay in as many nights. The team is currently at the fourth spot in the division standings with 29 points on .604 winning percentage. Starting a brand new game just a few hours removed from an unfortunate setback is a tough challenge for the Blackhawks, but they will be up for the task.
Players to watch: P. Kane RW (G 11, A 23, PTS 34), A. DeBrincat LW (G 11, A 14, PTS 25), D. Kubalik LW (G 8, A 10, PTS 18).
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks Betting Predictions
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago’s last 6 games.
Lightning vs Blackhawks Betting Picks
The Lightning will keep their flow running to notch a second straight win against the Blackhawks. Unlike last game, Tampa Bay will not endure a slow start this time. Right off the bat here at this popular sports betting website, the team will be playing with the same type of intensity that earned them the come from behind win just a day before. They will make sure to win as convincingly as possible that will set them up for a potential hat-trick on Sunday.
Score Prediction: Lightning 5, Blackhawks 2.