Luongo attempts to give Florida a jolt

Luongo attempts to give Florida a jolt

A new era of Panthers hockey begins tonight. But can the Blackhawks stand tall and deliver yet another stellar performance at the United Center?

The two teams drop the puck at 8:30 p.m. in the Windy City. Online sports book gives Joel Quenneville’s crew odds of -135 to prevail on home ice. Conversely, Florida represents a +115 underdog.

Bet on Assorted NHL Games

Following Sunday’s 3-2 loss at Carolina, the Panthers axed coach Gerald Gallant. General manager Tom Rowe will take over behind the bench for the remainder of the season. Despite stellar goaltending from the seemingly ageless Roberto Luongo, Florida (11-10-1) is currently out of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. Only one skater, center Jonathan Marchessault, boasts more than 15 points.

Offensive concerns certainly don’t plague Chicago. With Patrick Kane making a push for his second straight Hart Memorial Trophy, the Hawks sit atop the Central Division with a 14-6-3 record. This evening, though, they’ll probably be forced to compete without Jonathan Toews. The star captain continues to deal with an upper-body injury.

NHL Quick Links: Free Matchup Reports | Injuries | Odds Comparison | Scoreboard | Betting Trends

Considering that Chicago has won six of its past eight at the Madhouse on Madison, we’re not bullish on Rowe’s chances of starting off with a bang. That said, Luongo holds a 16-13-4 career record vs. Quenneville’s troops. Bank on the former Vezina finalist to at least keep things close.



Recent NHL Discussions

How many more are like this on Wed, Mar 2021 by Surfer
Saturday Sharp Action NHL on Sat, Jan 2021 by Jimmythegreek
NHL STARS on Wed, Sep 2020 by iceman17
Chicago Blackhawks on Sat, Aug 2020 by Surfer

NHL Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Habs vs. Lightning Game 5 Prediction After failing to do so on Monday night, the Lightning will attempt to finish off the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Final, this time on their home ice when the...
Thumbnail Lightning vs. Habs Game 4 Prediction The Lightning will go for a sweep of the Canadiens on Monday night in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at 8:00 p.m. ET. Will Montreal salvage at least one win the...
Thumbnail Lightning vs. Canadiens Game 3 Prediction Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals will take place from Montreal on Friday night where the Canadiens will host the Lightning at 8:00 p.m. ET. Down 2-0 in the...
Thumbnail Canadiens vs. Lightning Game 2 Prediction The Lightning whipped the Canadines in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night, while the over also cashed in the series opener. With Game 2 on deck for...
Thumbnail Canadiens vs. Lightning Game 1 Pick Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final will be held Monday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL, where the Lightning will host the Canadiens at 8:00 p.m. ET. With the...

NHL Headlines