Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, 3/20/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+218) Lightning (-245)
Kevin Lankinen and the Chicago Blackhawks (14-12-5) go to Amalie Arena on Saturday where they'll meet the Tampa Bay Lightning (21-6-2). The Lightning open this matchup at -245 while the Blackhawks are priced at +218. The O/U opens at 6.
The Blackhawks will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 4-2 defeat against the Lightning in their previous contest. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 46.2% and they had a PDO of 85.7 in this one. They recorded 16 face-off wins at even strength and lost on 26 opportunities to take control of the puck. Their Fenwick was 22 and the Fenwick against was 28, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 44.0%. The Corsi for the Blackhawks came in at 28 and the Corsi against when all was said and done was 36 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 43.8%. Chicago accounted for 8 penalty minutes in this matchup. In addition, they had 4 chances on the power play and were able to score 2 goals. The Blackhawks didn't have their best offensive outing in the defeat. For the matchup, they were able to notch a goal on 2 out of the 21 shots they tried.
The Blackhawks have had 1,056 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .905. When playing at even strength, the Blackhawks let the opposition score 74 goals while scoring 64 on offense. Chicago Blackhawks opponents have recorded 95 power play opportunities (12th in hockey) and have a total of 26 goals in those chances. For the current season, they sit with 33 points and their points percentage is .532. Chicago has tried 913 shots and has a shot percentage of 10.1%. In terms of their goal scoring prowess, the Chicago Blackhawks have earned 92 goals (10th in the National Hockey League) so far this season and have conceded 100. Chicago has tallied 96 power play opportunities and they have tallied 28 goals out of those tries, garnering them a percentage of 29.17%.
The man protecting the net in this game is Kevin Lankinen. During his career on the ice, Lankinen has compiled 12 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .571. He has a save percentage of .914 in his 1,277 mins played. Lankinen has had 710 shots taken against him and has recorded 649 total saves. Opponents have tallied 61 goals versus Lankinen in his career and his goals against average per contest is 2.87. He has earned an overall record of 10-7-4 and he was named the starter in 21 games. Lankinen has played in 21 games throughout his hockey career.
In their win over Chicago, Tampa had 2 opportunities on the power play in this contest and converted 1 out of those chances. The Lightning tallied 4 goals of the 23 shots on goal they took. Their PDO was 114 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 53.8%. Tampa Bay had a 56.3% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Tampa Bay had and they showed out in this one. Their Fenwick rate was 56.0% with a Fenwick of 28 and the Blackhawks earning a 22 Fenwick.
So far this year, the Tampa Bay Lightning are sitting with 105 goals, 44 points, and a points percentage of .759. They have granted a total of 68 goals to be scored by way of 52 goals at even strength and 16 goals while they were shorthanded. The Lightning are sitting with 77 goals at even strength and 28 goals (3rd in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have a total of 97 power play chances and they have earned a power play rate of 28.87%. Tampa Bay has attempted 896 shots (14th in pro hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 11.72%, while allowing the opposition 799 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 83.84% on their oppositions 99 power play opportunities, and their save percentage sits at 91.5%.
For the opposition you are expected to see Andrei Vasilevskiy defending the net. Vasilevskiy has accumulated a career mark of 178-76-19 and has been in net for 283 games. Vasilevskiy's quality start rate sits at 56.4% and he has qualified for 154 quality starting assignments in his professional career. He has racked up 7,890 stops out of the 8,577 shots taken against him, which gives him a percentage of .920. His opponents are averaging 2.50 goals per contest and he has allowed 687 goals overall. He got the starting nod in 273 contests and has played for a total of 16,495 mins.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-245) and under 6 goals
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