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Chicago Blackhawks at Florida Panthers Betting Preview

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The Chicago Blackhawks will continue their season-opening road trip as they take on the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. Florida picked up a 5-2 win over the Blackhawks on Sunday night and is looking for its second straight win.

Chicago is 0-3 so far to start the season, and it didn't hold a lead in any of those three games. The Blackhawks were once a dynasty in the NHL, but this team is going through a rough and long rebuilding process at this time.

The Panthers have played just one game so far this season after their first two games against the Dallas Stars were postponed. Florida is expected to be a threat to win the Central Division this season, and it looked the part on Sunday night.

The Florida Panthers are -177 on the moneyline against the Chicago Blackhawks in this game. 

Blackhawks Giving Up Goals

The Blackhawks are one of the worst defensive teams in the league this season, and they have some big questions at the goaltender position. Chicago has allowed five goals in all three games so far this season, and that's going to continue to be a problem going forward.

Chicago is also playing without captain Jonathan Toews, leaving a huge hole at the center position. The Blackhawks need to score goals to be competitive, but this roster just doesn't have enough offensive threats.

Alex DeBrincat leads the team with two goals and three points this season, and the team does still have Patrick Kane, who is capable of taking over. The Blackhawks will need to take advantage of special teams to pick up their first win.

Panthers Start Strong

The Panthers put up five goals in the season opener, and this could be an explosive offensive team this season. Florida is led by coach Joel Quenneville, who has a history of leading teams to the Stanley Cup.

Jonathan Huberdeau had one goal and two assists in the win on Sunday night, and he should be an important part of this team. Florida has plenty of young talent and getting those players some NHL experience will be a huge key.

The Panthers got a solid effort in net from goaltender Chris Driedger in the season opener, and that should earn him another start in this game. 

Chicago Loses Fourth Straight

The Blackhawks were expected to be one of the worst teams in the NHL this season, and it has gone that way through three games. This team is giving up goals in a hurry, and it doesn't have enough offensive talent to make up for it.

Florida should be a playoff team this season, and it needs to continue picking up wins against bad teams like the Blackhawks. This game will likely go much like the first, and that should lead to another comfortable win for the Panthers.

Don't just take the moneyline in this game, but focus on the puck line as well. The Florida Panthers -1.5 over the Chicago Blackhawks is the right pick on Tuesday night.

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