Wednesday's NHL Prediction

2011 NHL Picks and Predictions Blackhawks Lightning

TAMPA, FL (TheSpread) – The Tampa Bay Lightning host the surging Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday in the NHL. Here is a look at my pick for this contest.

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Chicago is 37-24-6 on the year and 16-10-6 on the road. The Blackhawks have won 8 of their last 10 and are now fourth in the West with 80 points.

Tampa Bay is 37-21-8 on the season and 21-8-5 at home. The Lightning have lost 7 of their last 10 games. Tampa is fifth in the East with 82 points.

Oddsmakers from online sportsbook Sportsbook.com have given Tampa Bay betting odds of -108 for today’s game while Chicago has odds of +100. The over/under for goals scored has been set at 5.5. Here is a look at the trends and my pick for tonight’s game.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30PM ET (View Matchup)

Chicago has won 10 of their last 13 against Tampa Bay and the Lighting are 2-5 in their last 7 home games. My pick goes with the Blackhawks as Chicago is on the rise and Tampa Bay is falling. Chicago looks like the defending Stanley Cup champions and I expect that to continue on Wednesday.

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