The Chicago Blackhawks and the Florida Panthers meet in NHL action from the FLA Live Arena on Thursday night.
The Chicago Blackhawks will look to bounce back from a 6-5 loss to the Buffalo Sabres last time out. Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks with 79 points including 21 goals and 58 assists while Seth Jones has 45 points including 40 assists and Alex DeBrincat also has 64 points with a team-high 38 goals this season. Kevin Lankinen is 4-9-5 with a 3.63 GAA and an .886 save percentage in goal for Chicago this season.
The Florida Panthers will look to build on their 7-4 win over Montreal last time out. Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers in scoring with 93 points including a team-high 70 assists while Aaron Ekblad has 57 points with 15 goals and 42 assists as well as a team-high +38 plus/minus rating this season. Sam Reinhart has 63 points, logging 24 goals and 39 assists. Aleksander Barkov has a team-high 29 goals as well for Florida this season. Sergei Bobrovsky’s gone 32-6-3 with a 2.61 GAA and a .914 save percentage between the pipes for Florida while Spencer Knight is 13-8-3 with a 2.94 GAA and an .904 save percentage this season.
Chicago is 2-5 in their last 7 games overall and 13-42 in their last 55 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games as an underdog. Florida is 41-10 in their last 51 home games and 42-9 in their last 51 games as a home favorite while the over is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400.
I get the allure of an underdog in certain spots, but right now there just doesn’t feel like a whole lot is going right for the Blackhawks, who traded away their top goalie in Marc-Andre Fleury and now can’t keep the puck out of the net. That’s not good against a loaded Panthers team that’s stacked offensively and should have no issues putting away the Blackhawks who look to have waved the white flag on the season. Give me Florida -1.5 here.
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