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Hurricanes vs Blackhawks Prediction

by AJ LeivaMarch 30, 2021

Hurricanes vs Blackhawks Match Details

Where: United Center, Chicago
When: March 30th, 2021, 7:30 PM EST

Hurricanes vs Blackhawks Odds

Moneyline: Hurricanes (-175) | Chicago (+138)
Spread: Hurricanes -2 (-110) | Chicago +2 (-110)
Over/Under: Over 5.5 (-110) | Under 5 (-110)

Chicago Blackhawks Struggle, Hurricanes Rolling

We are more than halfway through the 2021 NHL season, and teams are getting ready for the next push towards the playoffs. Tuesday’s match is between two central teams in opposite positions of the playoff push.

The Chicago Black Hawks (16-15-5) are coming off a rough March showing. Through thirteen games this month, the Hawks have a 3-9-1 record. With wins over the Stars, Panthers twice, and a shootout victory over the Lightning. This team is very middle of the pack in almost every statistical metric. The team ranks 16th in goals for, 23rd in goals against, 12th in save percentage, 27th in penalty kill, and 28th in faceoff percentage. The one stat the Blackhawks can boast about is their power-play unit. Chicago ranks number three in the NHL, scoring on 27% of their power plays.

Meanwhile, The Carolina Hurricanes (23-7-3) are one of the hottest teams in the NHL and are right behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for the top position in the Central division. Over the past ten games, the Hurricanes are 7-1-2. Their latest win coming in a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Throughout the season, the Carolina Hurricanes have played impressive hockey. The Hurricanes rank as follows; 5th in goals for, 7th in goals against, 3rd in point differential, 1st in power-play efficiency, 8th in penalty kill, and 6th in save percentage.

Blackhawks Players to Watch Against Hurricanes

Patrick Kane is quietly having one of the best seasons of his career. For the season, the dynamic wing has collected 48 points (13 goals and 35 assists), coming in third in the league. Kane comes into Tuesday’s match riding a four-game point streak in this span; he has one goal and five assists.

Chicago’s struggles this season are rooted in its goaltending. Malcolm Subban is not the answer; in Sunday’s game, Subban gave up three goals. He had given up ten goals in his previous two starts and has lost in his three most recent starts. I would expect Kevin Lankinen to get the start against Carolina. Chicago is 2-1 in Lankinen’s last three starts, where he averages two goals allowed.

Carolina Players to Watch Against Blackhawks

Sebastian Aho is having a fantastic season for the Canes. He leads the team in goals (15) and points (33). The big center had a goal and assist against the Lightning and has four goals and three assists over his last five games.

The next player to watch for Carolina is Martin Necas. Necas ranks second on the team with 28 points. He had two assists and two goals against the Lightning, with the second being the game-winner after the game was tied 3-3 with three minutes left in regulation.

Betting Trends to Know For Hurricanes vs Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks are:

  • 2-6 in their last eight overall
  • 9-20 in their last 29 after scoring two goals or less in their previous game
  • 13-33 in their last 46 vs. a team with a winning % above .600
  • The UNDER is 5-0-1

The Carolina Hurricanes are:

  • 6-1 in their last seven road games
  • 11-3 in their last 14 overall
  • 20-8 in their last 28 games following a win
  • OVER is 5-0 in last 6

Prediction for Blackhawks vs Hurricanes

The Blackhawks are totally outmatched here. Not only is Carolina 7-1 in their last eight games Carolina has won four of the last five matches against Chicago on the road. The Hurricanes are tied for the most road wins (12) this season as well. If Lankinen gets the start, this game will be close and low scoring, but ultimately the Hurricanes will prove to be the better team.

PICKS: Carolina ML (-175) and Under 5.5 (-110)

 

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AJ Leiva