March 2, 2021

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Florida Panthers: Preview & Free Best Bet – 1/19/21

By: Trent Pruitt (@trentbets)

When it comes to writing about Chicago teams, you know I have to add some emotion into the previews. Lynq Sports is supposed to be the immaculate blend of sports betting information and emotional reactions from a Chicago sports standpoint. With that being said, I wish they would’ve never fired Quenneville. The franchise has nosedived ever since his departure and there is minimal upside with Jeremy Colliton at the helm. Coach Q will look to get revenge on his former team for the second time in three nights after a 5-2 victory on Sunday night. Let’s dive into what I’m betting for this game.

Money Line: CHI (+147) | FLA (-163)

Puck Line: CHI +1.5 (-158) | FLA -1.5 (+138)

Total: 6.5 (O -102, U -108)

Puck Drop: 7:08 ET | BB&T Arena | Sunrise, FL

Chicago Blackhawks (0-3-0)

Welp, the Blackhawks are literally the worst team in the league. In their defense, they started out with two games against the defending champs but being at a -10 goal differential and winless after three games is unacceptable. Like I’ve said previously, I certainly didn’t have high expectations entering this season, but this is bad. The Hawks are 18th in goals for (5), 30th in goals against (15), 18th on the penalty kill (72.7%), but have seen some success on the man-advantage, scoring 30.0% of the time (8th). 

As for individual efforts, Alex DeBrincat is the points leader with three (2G, 1A) and Patrick Kane and Dylan Strome have identical statlines, each notching a goal and adding an assist. On the back end, every defenseman is at least -2. In net, Collin Delia has started both of the recent games and is averaging 5.00 GAA and stopping just 84.9% of shots. Malcolm Subban has an identical save percentage and has allowed 5.03 GAA. Yikes. 

Florida Panthers (1-0-0)

The Panthers boast a pretty underrated and blossoming roster, in my opinion. Headlined by none other than Aleksander Barkov, Florida is looking to make it back to the playoffs for the second straight season. 

In their first game of the season, against the Hawks, it was Eetu Luostarinen earning the first star of the game. He netted the game-winning goal three minutes into the third period and Florida never looked back. Patric Hornqvist added a gino and a helper in his Panther debut while Justin Huberdeau picked up three points (1G, 2A). In net, it was Chris Driedger who stopped 25/27 Blackhawk shots (.926%). According to Daily Faceoff, Sergei Bobrovsky is confirmed to get the nod between the pipes tonight. Bobrovsky was very underwhelming last season for Florida, allowing 3.23 goals against and stopping 90.0% of shots. 

Final Analysis & Best Bet

The Panthers notching five goals on Sunday night was not a fluke. They’re a great offensive team that averaged 3.3 goals per game last season. I’m going to take the over on 3.5 goals (-115) for the Panthers tonight. Until Jeremy Colliton finds an option that can stop a puck in net or finds defensemen that know how to play hockey, we’re going to fade them every game. I think Patric Hornqvist finds the net again tonight as he’s always proven to be a guy that loves to sit down by the net and look for deflections and rebounds. And with how soft the Hawks defense is, he’s set to have a nice night at the office. 

My Betting Record

2021 NHL Season: 2-0 (+0.9452 units). A $100 bettor is up $94.52 this NHL szn. 

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