Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks / NHL – After an easy victory over Florida in the last round, Lightning is now welcoming the unpleasant Blackhawks that are not play at the desired level this season, but are still a good team which is aiming for the top of the table itself. Chicago is travelling to this hosting after a guest defeat by Washington, and they are now expecting an even harder match against the best team in the Eastern Conference.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks begins 24.11.2018 at 01:30 CET
Tampa Bay Lightning
With 31st point won, Tampa Bay Lightning occupies the first place in East Conference with one point advantage over the second-placed Toronto. After four guest appearances, Lighting has returned to their hall in the last round and they are expecting slightly easier matches in the upcoming period. The next four games will be played on their field against the teams from the bottom of the table. This will be a chance for Lightning to stand out on the table given that Toronto is expected to play a match against the four-placed Columbus in the next round.
Lightning has ended their tour of four matches with two defeats from Buffalo and Nashville and two wins over Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. In the last round they welcomed the last Florida and without major problems celebrated a 7:3 victory. It is interesting that all seven goals were scored different players, which means that Lightning also has a great team this season that does not depend on only one or two players. They are essentially the most efficient team in the league with 83 goals scored in 22 games, which is a fantastic average of 3.7 goals per match. When it comes to playing at home, they only made two defeats in the last nine games and are in the third position, behind Rangers and Devils.
Chicago still has big defensive problems and they are therefore at the 11th position of the Western Confederation. However, since this league is fairly balanced this season, the Blackhawks still have a real chance to join in the fight for the top of the table. Due to their catastrophic game last season, they were left without playoffs and the main goal of Chicago is to be among the top eight teams at the end of the regular part of the season. In our earlier analyses of Blackhawks, we wrote that they have to fix their game in defence if they want to win the playoffs, but it did not happen yet.
Before their game with Washington, Chicago has played three matches on their field and they made two wins, while they lost to Kings after the penalty, after the result in the regular part was 1-1 after extra time. When it seemed they have finally repaired their defence, they received four goals from Washington in the last round, which was their 14th defeat in the championship. After the match with Lightning, Blackhawks will have an easier hosting in Florida, which is last on the table.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks PICK
Chicago has not made any victories over Lightning for three years, and the last time they celebrated was in October 2015 in their hall after the extra time. Since then, these two teams have played six matches and every time Lightning was a better team. The Blackhawks have experienced the same number of defeats in the last seven guest matches and we really do not see the way they can endanger Tampa Bay Lightning in this duel.
Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning wins
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