The Blackhawks have been on a heater since coach Jeremy Colliton adjusted the offense to create a “happy medium” between transition offense and strong defense. Winners of four straight, Chicago is a +115 underdog Tuesday against the Hurricanes (8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT, NBCSCH), per odds posted around the betting market.
Colliton made the change ahead of last Sunday’s game against the Maple Leafs, and three of Chicago’s four consecutive wins have come as underdogs. The offensive transition has resulted in 5.25 goals scored per game and allowed rookie Kirby Dach to find success. Dach has four goals and two assists in his last four games despite skating on the fourth line.
The Blackhawks (9-7-4, 22 points) have lost four straight to the Hurricanes (12-7-1, 25 points), including by a 4-0 count on Oct. 26 in Carolina. ‘Canes netminder Petr Mrazek, who stopped 32 shots that night and is expected to be between the pipes Tuesday, has a drastic 3.53 goals against average on the road versus 2.11 at home this season. Tuesday’s total is 6.5.
Since falling to the Hurricanes on Oct. 26, Chicago has recorded a 7-2-2 record, with just one regulation loss in its past nine games. The Hawks are also 5-0 on the puck-line their last five games, having allowed just three goals on opposing power plays during that span. Bettors looking take +1.5 goals with the Hawks on Thursday have to lay -215 odds (bet $215 to win $100) but should take solace knowing Chicago has a positive goal-differential (+2) for first time since Oct. 26, 2018.
The Blackhawks have been a slightly profitable bet at home this season, going 6-5 straight up for an ROI of +5.5%, according to SportsDatabase. Patrick Kane, who is riding a nine-game point streak (eight goals, nine assists), has led the team with 13 points overall in those 11 home games. OVER is 4-6-1 at the United Center this season but is 3-1 since Colliton adjusted the offense. OVER is also trending for Carolina on the road this season.
Hurricanes at Blackhawks betting trends
• The total has gone OVER in five of the Hurricanes’ last seven games on the road.
• The Blackhawks are 5-1 SU in their last six games.
• Carolina is 16-9 SU as an away favorite since the start of last season (ROI: +12.0%).