Florida Panthers vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, 5/1/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Florida Panthers vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: Bally Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Panthers (-155) Blackhawks (+135)
United Center is the venue where Kevin Lankinen and the Chicago Blackhawks (22-22-6) will play the Florida Panthers (33-14-5) on Saturday. The Panthers open this contest at -155 while the Blackhawks are coming in at +135. The total is set at 6.
The Panthers were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 4-3 victory over the Blackhawks in their previous contest. The offensive zone starts for them sat at 52.4% and they had a PDO of 97.0 in this game. They amassed 17 face-off wins at even strength and lost on 20 attempts to win the puck. Their Fenwick was 43 and the Fenwick against finished at 29, giving them a Fenwick rate of 59.7%. The Corsi for the Panthers was 54 and the Corsi against was at 36 which means they had a Corsi rate of 60.0%. Florida recorded 8 minutes in the box in this game. Additionally, they had 4 power play attempts and netted 1 goal. The Panthers had a good offensive outing and it showed in the victory. In the outing, they converted 4 of the 39 shots they attempted.
When it comes to scoring goals, the Florida Panthers have racked up 169 goals (3rd in the NHL) this year and have given up 142. For the current season, they have 71 points and their points % is .683. Florida steps onto the ice with 174 power play chances and they have added 37 goals out of those attempts, giving them a percentage of 21.26%. While playing at even strength, the Panthers have surrendered 111 goals while notching 132 when they are on offense. Florida has attempted 1,804 shots and has a shooting percentage of 9.4%. The Panthers have had 1,559 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .909. Florida Panthers opponents have amassed 152 power play opportunities (10th in pro hockey) and have tallied 31 goals in those chances.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Sergei Bobrovsky. Throughout his time in hockey, Bobrovsky has accounted for 294 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .563. His save percentage currently is at .916 for his 30,873 minutes between the pipes. Bobrovsky has had 15,739 shots against him and has garnered 14,423 saves. Opponents have racked up 1,316 goals against Bobrovsky in his pro career and his goals against average per contest is 2.56. He has accumulated an overall mark of 295-180-45 and he was named the starter in 522 games. Bobrovsky has been in goal for 536 games over the course of his pro hockey career.
In their loss to Florida, Chicago had a 40.0% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Chicago had and you might say they looked run of the mill in this one. Their Fenwick rate was 40.3% by way of having a Fenwick of 29 and the Panthers having a 43 Fenwick at even strength. Their PDO was 103 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 47.6%. The Blackhawks scored 3 goals of the 27 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 chances on the power play in this matchup but were not able to net one.
On the season, the Chicago Blackhawks have earned a total of 140 goals, 50 points, in addition to a points percentage of .500. They have allowed 160 goals to be scored by way of 127 goals at even strength and 33 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Blackhawks have accumulated 105 goals at even strength and 35 goals (10th in the NHL) while on the power play. They have recorded 158 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play rate of 22.15%. Chicago has taken 1,478 shots (16th in the league) and has a shot percentage of 9.47%, while allowing the other team 1,654 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 76.43% on their oppositions 140 power play opportunities, and their save percentage sits at 90.3%.
Across the ice you are going to see Kevin Lankinen patrolling the crease. The opposition is averaging 2.97 goals per contest and he has given up 102 goals in total. Lankinen's quality start rate sits at 48.6% and he has accumulated 17 quality starting assignments in his career. He has started in 35 contests and has played 2,057 minutes. Lankinen is the owner of a career record of 16-13-5 and has been in net for 35 games. He has recorded 1,021 saves out of 1,123 shots taken against him, giving him a rate of .909.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Florida (-155)
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