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Dan Hunter 01 Apr 2021
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Carolina Hurricanes @ Chicago Blackhawks Tips


The Carolina Hurricanes take on the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, April 2, in an NHL Central Division, regular season matchup. This is a straight rematch – Chicago defeated Carolina on Wednesday 2-1, and the Hurricanes are out for revenge. Overall, this will be the 5th meeting between these two teams in 2021, with honors shared at two wins each. 

Carolina are third in the Central division, two places above the Blackhawks. The Hurricanes would have topped the division had they not lost to Chicago, and they remain just a point off the divisions joint leaders Tampa and Florida, with games in hand over both teams.

The Chicago Blackhawks are one of the great teams in NHL history, with six Stanley Cup victories, including three in the past decade. However, barring an incredible run of wins, Chicago are unlikely to reach the playoffs this season. I’m backing the Carolina hurricanes to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday by at least two clear goals.

  • Carolina 3rd in NHL Central Division
  • Carolina 23-11 this season 
  • Chicago 5th in NHL Central Division
  • Chicago 17-20 this season

Head to Head


The Chicago Blackhawks and the Carolina Hurricanes have played each other 23 times, with Carolina leading their head-to-head by 13-10. In their last eight games dating back over the past two seasons, Carolina lead 6-2. In their most recent meeting on March 31 of this year, the Chicago Blackhawks were 2-1 winners.

Carolina Hurricanes Form 


Had Carolina defeated Chicago on Wednesday, they would be top of the NHL Central Division right now. Instead they remain 3rd on 49 points, one adrift of the joint leaders the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers. The Hurricanes have won 23 and lost 11, and have games in hand over both the teams above them. 

At the end of February Carolina went on an eight-match winning streak that changed their season completely. Crucial to the Hurricanes success has been Sebastian Aho with 15 goals, Dougie Hamilton with 24 assists, and goalies James Reimer and Alex Nedeljkovic. Although they lost their last match (to Chicago) Carolina remain Stanley Cup contenders. 

Chicago Blackhawks Form


Chicago have played 37 games this season with 17 victories and 20 defeats, five of which were overtime shootouts. Their tally of 39 points is equal to that of fourth-placed Nashville Predators, the most in-form team in the NHL right now, with six-straight wins. However both are ten points adrift of the Carolina Hurricanes, who also have three games in hand over them. 

Chicago are the joint-fourth most successful NHL team in history, with six Stanley Cup wins. Three of those wins came in recent years, in 2009-10, 2012-13 and 2014-15. Unfortunately the Blackhawks aren’t likely to make the playoffs this season. That said, they aren’t in bad shape, and have won three out of their last five matches, including Wednesday’s win over Carolina. 

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Verdict

Going in to this match, the Chicago Blackhawks have the historical pedigree, but the Carolina Hurricanes are the better team in 2021. That said, Chicago proved there wasn’t much between them with their 2-1 win on Wednesday, and they are in fact 2-2 in 2021.
 
However, I’m backing Carolina to bounce back with a victory on Friday. The Hurricanes are potentially – along with the Vegas Golden Knights – the best team in the NHL right now, as long as they win their games in hand.
 
The Hurricanes will defeat the Blackhawks by at least two goals, in a match featuring around five goals in total. Carolina’s no.1 hitman Sebastian Aho is my Anytime Goalscorer pick.
Best Bet: Carolina Winner @-163.93 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Under 5.5 Total Goals @105.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Carolina -2.5 Point Spread @250.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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