Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators 3/4/17 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 3/3/2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017
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The Chicago Blackhawks head to Bridgestone Arena to take on the Nashville Predators on Saturday, March 4, 2017. The opening line for this contest has the Blackhawks at +108 and the Predators at -128. The over/under has been set at 5.5.
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Chicago comes into this game having played 63 games. They have an overall record of 40-18-5 and away from home they have a record of 19-10-1. The currently are 2nd in the Central Division. They've scored 191 goals and surrendered 160 goals for a point differential of +31. The Blackhawks have an overall record of 9-1-0 in their last 10 games. For the season they have an ATS record of 38-23 and an over/under record of 28-24-11. Nashville shows up with a record of 32-22-9 including 19-7-7 at home this season. They are 3rd in the Central Division. They've scored 189 goals and surrendered 179 for a goal differential of +10. The Predators have a record of 6-3-1 in their last 10 contests. Their record against the spread is 30-32 while their over/under record sits at 35-25-4.
Artem Anisimov has accumulated 43 total points this season for the Blackhawks. He has 22 goals this season with 100 shots on goal giving him a shooting percentage of 22%. He has a total of 21 assists on the season and averages 18.1 minutes played per game. Patrick Kane has averaged 21.5 minutes of ice time per game this year. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 12% by scoring 27 goals on 228 shots. He has 41 assists giving him a total of 68 points on the season. Corey Crawford has 24 wins and 13 losses this season in net for the Blackhawks. He has had 1,232 shots against him and has given up 102 goals. He has made 1,130 saves for a save percentage of 92%.
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Viktor Arvidsson has accumulated 45 total points this season for the Predators. He has 21 goals this season with 196 shots on goal giving him a shooting percentage of 11%. He has a total of 24 assists on the season and averages 16.9 minutes played per game. Ryan Johansen has averaged 18.9 minutes of ice time per game. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 8% by scoring 10 goals on 127 shots. He has 39 assists giving him a total of 49 points on the season. Pekka Rinne has 25 wins and 15 losses this season in net for the Predators. He has had 1,374 shots against him and has given up 118 goals. He has made 1,256 saves for a save percentage of 91%.
The Blackhawks have 85 total points this season. They have scored 191 goals while giving up 160 goals. They have had 181 power play opportunities and have scored 34 goals on those chances for a percentage of 19%. The Blackhawks have allowed 165 power play opportunities and given up 39 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 76%. They average 30 shots per game and as a team are shooting 10.02% for the season to this point. They allow 31 shots to their opposition per contest and have a team save percentage of 92%.
The Predators have a total of 73 points on the season. They have 42 power play goals on 204 opportunities thus far for a percentage of 21%. They have allowed 192 power play opportunities and have given up 35 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 82%. As a team, the Blackhawks have a total of 188 goals scored while they've given up 177 goals to this point. They average 32 shots per contest and have a team shooting percentage of 9.42%. As a team they give up 30 shots per game and have a save percentage of 91%.
Chicago has a Corsi percentage of 50.4% as they've attempted 3,562 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 3,507 shots on net in the same situations. Their Fenwick percentage is at 49.4% as they have 2,548 attempts while they've given up 2,613 shots on the defensive end. The Blackhawks start possessions in the offensive zone 53.3% of the time while their defensive zone percentage is at 46.7% for the season. They have 1,741 face off wins compared to 1,843 losses, meaning their faceoff win percentage is 48.6%. On defense has 897 hits and they've blocked 894 shots from the opposition.
Nashville has attempted 3,681 shots at full strength and they've given up 3,509 attempts, meaning their Corsi percentage is at 51.2% for the season. In terms of Fenwick percentage, they currently are at 50.8% as they have 2,745 shots while they've given up 2,657 attempts on defense. The Predators have an offensive zone percentage of 51% and their defensive zone percentage is 49% so far this season. They have a faceoff win percentage of 51% as they've compiled 1,982 face off wins this season and they have suffered 1,907 face off losses. On defense has blocked 852 shot attempts and they have 1,259 hits as a unit.
Chicago Blackhawks Betting Trends
The Chicago Blackhawks are 38-23 straight up
The Chicago Blackhawks are 28-24-11 against the over/under
Nashville Predators Betting Trends
The Nashville Predators are 30-32 straight up
The Nashville Predators are 35-25-4 against the over/under
Chicago Blackhawks Injuries
03/03/17 D Niklas Hjalmarsson Upper Body out indefinitely
03/03/17 D Johnny Oduya Ankle is downgraded to expected to miss Friday vs. NY Islanders & Saturday vs. Nashville
03/02/17 C Artem Anisimov Undisclosed is downgraded to expected to miss Friday vs. NY Islanders
03/02/17 LW Artemi Panarin Upper Body "?" Friday vs. NY Islanders
03/02/17 LW Nick Schmaltz Illness probable Friday vs. NY Islanders
03/01/17 RW Jordin Tootoo Illness "?" Friday vs NY islanders
Nashville Predators Injuries
10/17/16 RW Miikka Salomaki Lower Body out indefinitely
03/03/17 D Ryan Ellis Lower Body injured last game, "?" Saturday vs. Chicago
03/02/17 RW PA Parenteau Finger "?" Saturday vs Chicago
01/20/17 C Cody Bass Lower Body out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago +108
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