Sebastian Aho # 20, and Andrei Svechnikov #337 of the Carolina Hurricanes chase Mattias Janmark 13 of Chicago Blackhawks. Photo by Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images / AFP
The Carolina Hurricanes (23-7-3), are in great shape and are currently on a three-game winning streak. Meanwhile, the Chicago Blackhawks (11-35-8) are in terrible shape and are currently on a two-game losing streak. Due to the current state of the season, the oddsmakers are clearly in control of this game with the visitors. The Hurricanes are the favorite on all odds boards. Prices range from -154 up to -160 depending on which sports betting provider you choose.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 7:30 PM. ET at United Center
Carolina Hurricanes at their best
The Carolina Hurricanes, a contender for the Central Division title, are among the top NHL teams and should be considered. The Central Division’s second-place team is the Canes, with 49 points and 23-7-3. The Canes are only one point ahead of their closest division rival, Lightning (24-8-2), after reducing the difference with a win over Tampa Bay (4-3).
The Canes won the Stanley Cup title by beating the current champions. They had a deficit of 2-0 and were able to win. Martin Necas, the Czech sensation, scored Carolina’s second goal. He did this with just 3:53 remaining in regular time. Cedric Paquette, Sebastian Aho and Necas each scored one goal. Aho had an assist on Aho’s goal. Necas is currently second overall with 29 points.
This season, the Canes have played solid hockey. Street form (12-6-0), and home form (11-3-1) are both positive. Current form is solid at 7-1-2. It includes a three-game winning streak, which was triggered by a two-game sweep of the Blue Jackets, as well as a home win against Tampa Bay. Carolina is currently 6-1 in the last seven street games and 11-3 in all 14 overall.
Statistics show that the Canes rank sixth with 3.27 goals per game. They are 24th in the league with 2.52 goals per match, and sixth overall in goals scored. The team’s strength is Special Team Play. It currently leads the league with power play scoring and utilizes 30.2 percent of its manpower. On the other hand, their incredible 83 percent success rates make them the eighth best league team when it comes crushing power plays opportunities.
Chicago Blackhawks blows cold
The Chicago Blackhawks seem to not be moving at all right now. They currently stand at 16-15-5, which is the lowest half of the Central Division standings. They are currently in fifth place with a deplorable 16-15-5 record and 37 points. They are currently 12 points behind the Carolina Hurricanes, and 13 behind the leaders Tampa Bay Lightning. The NHL futures favor the Blackhawks to reach the playoffs.
It’s not true to say that it was a disappointing run. Many NHL analysts and fans were surprised by the Blackhawks’ surprise performance in mid-March. The Blackhawks were fourth in the NHL with a positive 14-9-5 record on March 12. They seemed to be ready to take on the challenge.
That was it. Since beating the Dallas Stars 4-2, Friday March 12, 2010, form has taken a dramatic dive. The Blackhawks have suffered four consecutive losses, including six in the last eight games. They were defeated by the Florida Panthers (and the Tampa Bay Lightning) in succession. The Blackhawks are now 3-7-0 in their last ten games. The Blackhawks have suffered consecutive home losses to the Nashville Predators recently (together, they outperformed by 6-3).
Statistics show that the Blackhawks rank 16th with 2.83 goals per match and 10th with 3.11 goals conceded each game. They are known for scoring more goals than they can score.This highlights their weak defense and poor goalkeeper this season. Blackhawks are quite efficient when it comes to power play. They only use 27 percent their manpower potential. It’s not surprising that Chicago is among the worst for killing power play, given its defensive problems and questionable goalkeepers. With 73.8 percent efficiency against opponents with the man edge, you rank 27th.
Kevin Lankinen 32 of Chicago Blackhawks parries Ryan Dzingel 18 of the Carolina Hurricanes. Photo by Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images / AFP
NHL tips and predictions
The NHL betting markets on this game are based on the fact that these two Central Division rivals have enjoyed different fortunes in recent years. The canes play balanced hockey both at home and on the move. As is the current situation, overall, it is positive. The Canes are confident that they have a head to head advantage over the Blackhawks, having won four of their five previous games at the United Center.
The Blackhawks were fortunate to have some bright spots in their season earlier, but hindsight is better. These could be due to a soft schedule in the first part of the season.. The Blackhawks have struggled to make an impact against the Central Division’s better teams. The Blackhawks are not easy to dismiss because they have a home advantage. It is clear that Chicago’s home advantage has a slight edge.
Overall, this matchup favors the Carolina Hurricanes and they are our top pick in the NHL.
NHL Selection:Carolina Hurricanes 154 with Heritage Sports (visit Heritage Sports Review)
* The selection reflects the line at the moment the author made the game, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. You can refer to our live odds as the lines can change.
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