Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, 3/18/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+210) Lightning (-263)
Kevin Lankinen and the Chicago Blackhawks (14-11-5) travel to Amalie Arena on Thursday where they'll meet the Tampa Bay Lightning (20-6-2). The odds on this game have the Blackhawks priced at +210 and the Lightning are at -263. The over/under has been set at 6.5.
The Blackhawks were on the losing side of the ice with a 6-3 defeat to the Panthers in their previous outing. The Blackhawks offense didn't overly impress in this loss. In the game, they tallied a score on 3 out of the 29 shots they put on goal. Furthermore, they had 4 power play chances but weren't able to score a goal. Chicago earned 10 minutes in the box for this game. The Corsi for the Blackhawks sat at 36 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 40 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 47.4%. Their Fenwick came in at 28 and the Fenwick against finished at 31, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 47.5%. They had a tally of 18 face-off wins when at even strength and lost on 30 attempts to win the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 50.0% and they had a PDO of 101.0 for this game.
Regarding their goal scoring prowess, the Chicago Blackhawks have notched 90 goals (9th in the league) so far this season and have surrendered 96. For the current campaign, they have recorded 33 points and their points percentage is sitting at .550. Chicago comes into tonight with 92 power play chances and they have notched 26 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a rate of 28.26%. When at even strength, the Blackhawks have surrendered 71 goals while earning 64 on the offensive side of the ice. Chicago has taken 892 shots and holds a shot percentage of 10.1%. The Blackhawks have had 1,033 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .907. Chicago Blackhawks opponents have 93 power play opportunities (13th in hockey) and have a total of 25 goals in those chances.
The man in net for this game is Kevin Lankinen. The opposition has racked up 58 goals versus Lankinen in his pro career and his goals against average is 2.85. Lankinen has played in 20 contests over the course of his hockey career. His save percentage sits at .916 for his 1,219 mins between the pipes. He has earned an overall mark of 10-6-4 and he was named the starter in 20 games. For his professional hockey career, Lankinen has accrued 12 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .600. Lankinen has seen 688 shot attempts against him and has recorded 630 saves.
In their last contest, Tampa Bay faced the Stars in a game where the Lightning earned a victory by a mark of 4-3. They had 2 opportunities on the power play in this game and tallied 1 out of those opportunities. The Lightning recorded 4 goals out of the 36 shots on goal they were seeking. They had a PDO at even strength of 97 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 55.2%. Tampa Bay had a 56.4% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Tampa Bay played and it was a good performance overall. Their Fenwick percentage was 56.2% by way of having a Fenwick of 41 and the Stars having racked up a 32 Fenwick.
On the campaign, the Tampa Bay Lightning have notched a total of 101 goals, 42 points, in addition to a points percentage of .750. They have allowed 66 goals to be scored by of a combination of 52 goals at even strength and 14 goals while they were shorthanded. The Lightning have tallied 74 goals at even strength and 27 goals (2nd in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have recorded 95 opportunities on the power play and they have earned a power play rate of 28.42%. Tampa Bay has taken 873 shots (12th in hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 11.57%, while allowing the other team 778 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 85.26% on their oppositions 95 tries on the power play, and their save percentage is 91.5%.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Andrei Vasilevskiy between the pipes. Vasilevskiy has a lifetime mark of 177-76-19 and has played in 282 contests. Vasilevskiy's rate of quality starts is 56.6% and he has 154 quality starts in his career. He has recorded 7,871 stops out of 8,556 shots taken, giving him a save percentage of .920. The opposition is averaging 2.50 goals per contest and he has allowed 685 goals altogether. He has made the start in 272 contests and has racked up 16,435 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Chicago (+210)
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