The Chicago Blackhawks play the Pittsburgh Penguins at home tonight for their 14th game of the season. There is still a lot of hockey ahead for the team and that starts tonight with a game at home.
The Chicago Blackhawks recently changed coaches. That coaching change could be the saving grace for the team considering how much more exciting it was to watch the game on Sunday against the Predators.
During the last matchup between these two teams, the Penguins beat the Hawks 5-2 in Pittsburgh. So now some 10 games later the Hawks will be looking to prove they have grown and are a better team now than they were then.
Let’s just jump in with some keys to the game for the Blackhawks:
Continue to play physical and with something to prove:
The first game under Derek King was a statement for the Blackhawks. They played better than they had all year, and yes while it was one game, they showed what they were made of against the Predators. That momentum typically falls off after a game or two, so for the Blackhawks capitalizing on that change and continuing to grow is a must for the team.
Win the special teams battle:
The Blackhawks have some great power-play and penalty-killing units. Despite injuries to some key guys, they should still be able to put together a good penalty kill and power play throughout the entire game. Hopefully, they can get a goal or two on the man advantage against the Penguins.
Create chances during 5 on 5:
The Blackhawks have been average during five-on-five time throughout the first handful of games. They need to start making their time at even strength as good as the time they are playing on the special teams. That should come with the new head coach and developing a new system.
Date: November 9th, 2021
Opponent: Pittsburgh Penguins (4-3-3)
Radio: 720 AM
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Betting Odds: WynnBET
The Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins betting odds on WynnBET have the Penguins as -1.5 point favorites. The Blackhawks have +110 Moneyline odds, while the Penguins are the favorite at -120. The total for the game is set at an over/under of 6.0 points.