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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks 04/27/2021 NHL Predictions, Picks & Game Analysis
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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks 04/27/2021 – The reigning and defending Stanley Cup champions can go for the jugular when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. The Tampa Bay Lightning are riding back-to-back wins at the expense of the Columbus Blue Jackets, putting them just two points away from securing a playoff spot. Unlike the visitors, the Blackhawks remain on a grueling chase while holding the sixth spot in the competitive Central Division. Chicago is kept at 49 points after it took a 3-1 blow from the Nashville Predators on Friday. Based on the NHL Betting Lines, the Blackhawks could be in trouble of losing another game at the United Center as Jeremy Colliton and his squad is pegged at +175 as underdogs at home while the Lightning is priced at -208.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks 04/27/2021
When: Tuesday, April 27, 8:00 PM ET
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks 04/27/2021 Betting Odds:
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning still has eight games to play, but the Lightning would want to seal their slot to the postseason as soon as possible. The Carolina Hurricanes were first to clinch a postseason berth, but Tampa Bay not being able to do it first does not mean the team is less of a contender in the Central Division. In fact, the Lightning is just two points behind Carolina and a point short of second-placed Florida Panthers with still a great chance to surpass both rivals to wrap up the regular season. Coach Jon Cooper heaped praises on his team after they won three of their last four games. Now, he just wants his players to finish the regular season strong and not forget the ultimate goal, which is to defend the championship.
Players to watch: V. Hedman D (G 9 A 35 PTS 44), B. Point C (G 20 A 22 PTS 42), O. Palat LW (G 14 A 28 PTS 42).
Facing a team that has defeated them six times in the seven meetings they had this season is not the most ideal situation for the scrambling Chicago Blackhawks. And with consistency being an issue for them as of late, the team may just be in inferior shape when they host the Lightning on Tuesday. The Blackhawks have lost three of their last five games with no clear trend as to how they will perform currently in the final stages of the regular season. Moreover, the team has not been utterly dominant playing at home. Jeremy Colliton’s squad records 12-9-2 in the United Center, which is a target for a team with a winning road record like Tampa Bay.
Players to watch: P. Kane RW (G 15 A 43 PTS 58), A. DeBrincat LW (G 23 A 21 PTS 44), D. Kubalik LW (G 15 A 15 PTS 30).
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks Betting Predictions
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago’s last 9 games.
Lightning vs Blackhawks Betting Picks
The probability of the Lightning making the playoffs is already close to 100%, but until they get there, expect the team to give it their all to make sure that their bid to defend the title stays alive. The Lightning will run riot of the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday to formally seal their slot for the postseason. Odds from the top NHL sportsbook still have Tampa Bay among the favorites to win it all this season. But the team is not about the numerical probabilities; they are about the action on the ice, vowing to put up their best effort each and every night.
Score Prediction: Lightning 5, Blackhawks 2.