Blackhawks (22-23-6, 50 points) at Hurricanes (34-10-7, 75 points)
- Time: 4 PST, 6 CST, 7 EST
- Place: PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
- TV: NBC Sports Chicago, Bally Sports Southeast, NHL Center Ice
Tonight’s matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes kicks off a back-to-back and three games in four nights between the two squads in Raleigh.
Chicago is trying to make a late run to push Dallas and Nashville out of fourth in the Central Division as the Blackhawks stand at eight points behind the Predators and five behind the Stars.
Carolina is trying to stave off the Lightning and the Panthers as both Tampa Bay and Florida have 73 points which is two off the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes are 7-0-3 in their last 10 games and have won three straight while the Blackhawks are 4-5-1 and have lost five of their last six games.
The Hurricanes have taken three of the five meetings between the two teams this season.
- The total has gone over in 5 of the Blackhawks’ last 6 games
- The ‘Hawks are 2-8 SU in their last 10 meetings with the Hurricanes
- The Blackhawks are 3-7 SU in their last 10 road games
- The OVER has been the play in 4 of Carolina’s last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in the last 5 Hurricanes’ games at PNC Arena
- The Hurricanes are 10-5 SU in their last 15 games this season
Alex Nedeljkovic (14-4-3, 1.89 GAA) was back between the pipes Saturday night in place of the injured Petr Mrazak as he held off the Columbus Blue Jackets while recording his first NHL assist. Nedeljkovic is 7-0-1 in his last eight games. He hasn’t given up more than two goals but once in his last eight starts as he looks like the Hurricanes’ top net-minder in what could be a long playoff run.
Jamie Reimer (15-5-2, 2.66 GAA) is also a major weapon as the Hurricanes are three-deep at the goalie position. He is 7-2-2, dating back to Feb. 27.
Chicago’s Kevin Lankinen (16-14-5, 3.04 GAA) has started the last two games. He won three of four in early to mid April as he is 0-3-1 with a no decision in his las five outings.
Malcolm Subban (6-7-1, 3.03 GAA) is 2-2 in his last four starts, but has given up 11 goals in his last three games.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Chicago Blackhawks||+1½ (-110)||+225||O 6 (-115)|
|Carolina Hurricanes||-1½ (-110)||-265||U 6 (-105)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
Chicago had the elixir for the streaking Hurricanes back on Feb. 4 with their 6-4 win as the Blackhawks notched three first period power play goals en route to the win. Those six goals are the Blackhawks’ second highest goal output of the season.
Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks with nine points (3g./6 assts.) and he had four of those points in that 6-4 victory.
Alex DeBrincat continues to lead the Blackhawks in goals with 25 while Kane leads in overall points with 62, including 47 assists. DeBrincat has a three-game points streak after noting a goal and an assist at Florida on Saturday.
Dylan Strome joins Kane and DeBrincat with three goals each vs. the Hurricanes.
Brandon Hagel is another hot Blackhawk as he has eight points – three goals and five assists – over his last eight games.
Nino Niederreiter is a nemesis for Chicago has he has 12 goals and 14 assists in his career vs. the ‘Hawks. He had two goals and an assist on Feb. 19 when the Hurricanes bested Blackhawks, 5-3, at PNC Center.
Sebastian Aho has 10 points (4/6) in 13 career games against Chicago and Andrei Svetchnikov has 10 points (7/3) in nine career games against ChiTown.
If Carolina gets on the power play tonight, it has a distinctive advantage as this is the No.1 power play (41 g./27%) unit in the NHL while Chicago’s penalty killers sit at 27th (33 goals/76.6%).
Vincent Trocheck leads the ‘Canes with seven power play goals and 18 points as he is followed by Aho with six goals and 11 assists. Dougie Hamilton has 15 power play assists and Svetchnikov has 13.
- Carolina has at least one power play goal in four of it’s last eight games. Jordan Staal had two in a 5-1 win over Dallas last week.
- Chicago gave up power play goals in back-to-back night games last week vs. the Lightning on April 27 and Panthers on April 29. It was the first time that the ‘Hawks PK had given up a power play goal in seven outings.
Kane has 21 power play points that are a product of his 18 assists. DeBrincat has eight power play goals with nine assists (17 points) and Dominik Kubalik has tallied 14 points (4/10).
Hurricanes’ penalty killers are fourth in the NHL (84.6%) as they have allowed only 7 goals at home and 25 overall. The Blackhawks’ power play has yielded 33 goals in 141 opportunities (8th/NHL).
Connor Murphy and Kirby Dach had a power play goal each in the loss to the Panthers on Saturday.
Carolina’s PK has been successful in 10 of it’s last 11 opportunities over the last five games.