Chicago Blackhawks at Pittsburgh Penguins Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 3/29/2014
Sunday, March 30, 7:30 PM on NBCS, RDS2
CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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In an early March matchup that could end up being a Stanley Cup preview, the Chicago Blackhawks were able to top the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 in a surprisingly one-sided game. The game was part of the NHL's Stadium Series, so the two teams played in the snow at Soldier Field in front of a packed house.
Patrick Sharp scored the first goal of the game, which was his 29th of the season. Jonathan Toews made the score 2-0 to the home side with an unassisted goal 10 minutes into the second period. Six minutes later, Kris Versteeg was able to score the 100th goal of his career thanks to a nice pass by Patrick Kane. James Neal gave the Penguins a glimmer of hope early in the third period with his 22nd on the season, but Bryan Bickell scored in the middle of the period and Toews added his second of the game to put Pittsburgh away.
Toews had a great all-around game, scoring those two goals and providing the assist on Sharp's goal. He and his linemates also played solid defense throughout the game, keeping the Penguins from getting clear shots on goal.
Chicago goalie Corey Crawford had a solid game in the snow, stopping 31 Pittsburgh shots on his way to a .969 save percentage. Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury had to face 40 shots, but he was only able to stop 35 on the night.
Chicago is 18-17 straight up on the road this season
Chicago is 18-17-0 against the over/under on the road this season
Pittsburgh is 26-9 straight up at home this season
Pittsburgh is 19-15-1 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
11/16/13 GO Nikolai Khabibulin Rotator Cuff out 4-5 months
11/05/13 C Brad Mills Ankle out indefinitely
03/25/14 LW Bryan Bickell Upper Body questionable
03/20/14 RW Patrick Kane Knee expected to miss 2-3 weeks
03/18/14 D Michal Rozsival Lower Body out indefinitely
12/23/13 RW Pascal Dupuis Knee out for season
03/25/14 C Evgeni Malkin Foot expected to miss 2-3 weeks
03/25/14 C Joe Vitale Upper Body questionable
02/25/14 RW Beau Bennett Wrist expected to miss 3-4 weeks
02/25/14 RW Chris Conner Foot out 4-6 weeks
02/21/14 D Paul Martin Hand expected to miss a month
02/07/14 D Kris Letang Heart out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Pittsburgh
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