Red-hot Kane, Blackhawks carry strong trends into game against Penguins

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Not only will Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks get the Pittsburgh Penguins on the second night of a back-to-back, but they also take some strong trends into their home game against the defending Stanley Cup champions on Wednesday night.

The Blackhawks are the -130 favorite against the +120 underdog Penguins with a 5.5-goal total in their NHL betting matchup, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Blackhawks are one of the hottest teams in the NHL with a 9-1 straight-up record over their last 10 games; the OddsShark NHL Database also shows an identical 9-1 record in their last 10 home games and an 8-2 record in their last 10 home games against Eastern Conference teams.

The Penguins, who lost to the lowly Dallas Stars on Tuesday night, are 5-5 in their last 10 games where they played the previous day.

Led by the indefatigable Sidney Crosby, the Penguins are 38-15-8 this season, although a spate of injuries to several defensemen has contributed to them going 5-5 over their last 10 home games. Kris Letang (upper body) is among the defensemen out of the lineup and his absence affects the Penguins, who are 4-6 in their last 10 road games against Western Conference teams.

However, with Crosby and Evgeni Malkin as their top two centers, the Penguins are almost always able to generate offense. Recently-acquired veteran defenseman Ron Hainsey is also getting more comfortable with his new team.

Chicago is 39-18-5 on the year as it tries to chase down the Minnesota Wild for first place in the Central Division. Starting goalie Corey Crawford (illness) will be held out on Wednesday night with backup Scott Darling getting the call. Chicago is 11-5 in Darling’s last 16 starts. One notable absence for the Blackhawks is that of defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body), who is out until at least next week. Chicago did swing a trade on Tuesday for veteran Johnny Oduya to plug that hole.

The Blackhawks were hot in February, with Kane scoring nine goals in 10 games while captain Jonathan Toews has seven in his last 10. With fresher legs than Pittsburgh, they stand a good chance of having the run of the play.

The total has gone under in five of Pittsburgh’s last six road games on the NHL betting lines. The total has gone under eight of the last 10 games where Pittsburgh was playing the second of back-to-back games. The total has gone over in nine of Chicago’s last 10 games, as well as seven of the Blackhawks’ last nine home games.

How to watch 2022 Notre Dame Hockey on Peacock: Schedule, live stream info, and more

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Notre Dame Hockey is coming to Peacock beginning this Friday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. ET as the Fighting Irish host Northern Michigan in their home opener. Peacock will be the exclusive home of the entire 2022-23 Notre Dame hockey 17-game home schedule this season. See below for additional information on how to live stream every game throughout the season.

2022 Notre Dame Hockey Home Game Schedule:

Date Matchup Time (ET) Platform
Fri., Oct. 14 Northern Michigan at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Sun., Oct. 16 Northern Michigan at Notre Dame 5 p.m. Peacock
Fri., Oct. 21 Western Michigan at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Fri., Oct. 28 Michigan State at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Sat., Oct. 29 Michigan State at Notre Dame 6 p.m. Peacock
Fri., Nov. 11 Michigan at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Sat., Nov. 12 Michigan at Notre Dame 6 p.m. Peacock
Fri., Dec. 9 Penn State at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Sat., Dec. 10 Penn State at Notre Dame 6 p.m. Peacock
Sat., Dec. 31 Alaska Fairbanks at Notre Dame 5 p.m. Peacock
Sun., Jan. 1 Alaska Fairbanks at Notre Dame 5 p.m. Peacock
Fri., Jan. 13 Minnesota at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Sat., Jan. 14 Minnesota at Notre Dame 6 p.m. Peacock
Fri., Jan. 27 Wisconsin at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Sat., Jan. 28 Wisconsin at Notre Dame 6 p.m. Peacock
Fri., Feb. 10 Ohio State at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Sat., Feb. 11 Ohio State at Notre Dame 6 p.m. Peacock

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How to watch Notre Dame Hockey on Peacock:

Become a monthly or annual subscriber to Peacock Premium to watch all of our live sports and events, including Notre Dame hockey.

Select a Premium plan to get started or to upgrade your existing account. You can also visit peacocktv.com/account to change your existing plan at any time. With Peacock Premium, you can find live coverage of Notre Dame hockey in the Browse section of the Peacock apps and on PeacockTV.com.

Please note that selection of a Premium plan will result in a charge which will recur on a monthly or annual basis, depending on your plan. You can cancel your Premium plan at any time in your Account.

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How to watch Boston Bruins vs NY Rangers: Live stream, TV channel, puck drop time for tonight’s game

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It’s the Bruins vs Rangers tonight on NBCSN. Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. ET. Live coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. with NHL Live. See below for additional information on how to watch the game. Click here for the latest stats, scores, and division standings.

The Boston Bruins (8-1-2) currently lead the East division after sweeping the Philadelphia Flyers last week (Feb. 3 and Feb. 5). David Pastrnak has helped the Bruins climb to the top spot since returning to the lineup on January 30, after undergoing a right hip arthroscopy and labral repair on Sept. 16. The Bruins’ forward already has 5 goals and 3 assists in the 4 games he’s played in this season, making him third on the team in goals scored behind Brad Marchand (7 goals) and Patrice Bergeron (6 goals).

The New York Rangers (4-5-2) are coming off a 2-0 loss to the Islanders on Monday night. The Rangers made 30 shots on goal but just could not get past Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov. Artemi Panarin currently leads the team in goals (5), points (15), and assists (10). Mika Zibanejad, who led the team with 41 goals last season, is still struggling to find the back of the net. The Rangers forward has just one goal on the season and one assist in his last eight games.

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Tonight will be the first of eight meetings between the Bruins and Rangers this season and will mark the 700th all-time meeting since these Original Six rivals first played against each other in 1926. Watch live online or with the NBC Sports App.

How to watch Boston Bruins vs New York Rangers:

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