Tampa Bay Lightning (4-1-0) at Chicago Blackhawks (4-1-2)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks / Tampa Bay Lightning — Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: NHL, SunSports, TVA
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks meet in NHL action from the United Center on Sunday night.
The Tampa Bay Lightning come into this game looking to bounce back after a 5-4 loss in overtime to Minnesota on Saturday. Tampa Bay jumped out to a 2-0 and 3-1 lead at the end of the first period thanks to goals from Ryan Callahan, J.T. Miller and Yanni Gourde. The Wild would respond with three unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead before the Bolts would tie the game with just under five minutes to spare thanks to Anton Stralman’s first marker of the season. However the result wasn’t meant to be as Mikael Granlund gave Minnesota the extra point late in the 3-on-3 period. Andrei Vasilevskiy ended up with the OT loss to fall to 3-1-1 after allowing all 5 goals on 34 shots.
The Chicago Blackhawks will look to find some measure of consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last four games, including a 4-1 win over Columbus on Saturday night. Alex DeBrincat opened the scoring for the Hawks leading us to a 1-1 tie after the first and it would stay that way until the 3rd period when Marcus Kruger gave the Blackhawks the lead and Patrick Kane would strike twice in 2:37 to give the Blackhawks a pair of insurance markers to secure the victory. Corey Crawford got the win after stopping 37 of the 38 shots he faced for his 1st win of the season.
Tampa Bay is 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 17-5 in their last 22 games against the Central while the under is 7-1-2 in their last 10 games overall. Chicago is 3-14 in their last 17 second halves of a back-to-back and 2-7 in their last 9 home games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Tampa Bay is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Normally, in a back-to-back situation for both teams like this, you give the edge to the team at home because of home ice. However, the Blackhawks have been brutal in the second half of a back-to-back situation, and while home ice has mattered in this matchup with the home team winning 5 of the last 7 meetings, it’s been Tampa Bay who has enjoyed the success here, so I’ll side with the Lightning to add to Chicago’s struggles in the back-to-back scenario.