NHL Betting Game of the Week: Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning

The playoff races are heating up in both conferences, and there are some great games on the schedule this week. The best game to bet on in the NHL this week takes place on Thursday night in a matchup between the Tampa Bay Lightning in Chicago Blackhawks. Tampa Bay is one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, while the Blackhawks are going through another disappointing season.

Chicago has just two wins in their last 10 games, and it appears that they will miss the playoffs against. The Blackhawks are in last place in the Central Division, and fading fast. Tampa Bay comes into this week with 85 points, and they have been on fire of late. The Lightning are in second place in the Atlantic Division, but are trying to catch the Boston Bruins.

Blackhawks Just Can't Score Enough

The Chicago Blackhawks might have one of the best players in the NHL on their side, but they are struggling to find consistent offense. Chicago is scoring just 2.9 goals per game this season, despite taking a ton of chances. All of those chances has caused the Blackhawks to allow over 3.1 goals per game this season, despite getting great goaltending.

Patrick Kane leads the team with 27 goals, 50 assists and 77 points this season despite getting all of the attention from opposing teams. Center Jonathan Toews has chipped in with 52 assists this season, but the Blackhawks just aren't getting production from all four lines. Chicago will need to score plenty of goals to keep up in this game, but that's just not their style.

Lightning Light Up Chicago Defense

The Tampa Bay Lightning are one of the most explosive offenses in the NHL, and they are going to put on a show in this game. Tampa Bay is averaging over 3.5 goals per game, and that number has been going up of late. The Lightning are also one of the top defensive teams in the NHL, allowing just 2.75 goals per game. Tampa Bay does it all well, and that's a reason for their place in the standings.

Right Winger Nikita Kucherov is one of the most feared offensive players in the league, and he is having another monster season for the Lightning. Kucherov leads the team with 29 goals, 46 assists, and 75 points this season, but he isn't the only weapon that the Lightning have. Tampa Bay can have a new hero every night, and this team can really scoew.

Tampa Bay Cruises to Victory on Home Ice

The Tampa Bay Lightning are starting to gain momentum, and they are climbing up the standings. Tampa Bay can really score on the offensive side of the ice, while also defending their own goal well. Chicago has been the exact opposite this season, and that doesn't bode well for them on road ice in this game. The Blackhawks are fading in the Western Conference playoff standings, and they aren't winning this game. Bet the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Chicago Blackhawks in this NHL betting game of the week.