Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, 4/23/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (-125) Blackhawks (+105)
United Center is the venue where Kevin Lankinen and the Chicago Blackhawks (22-20-5) will take on the Nashville Predators (25-21-2) on Friday. The moneyline on this contest has the Predators priced at -125 and the Blackhawks are at +105. The total has been set at 5.5.
The Predators had a rough game after their 5-4 defeat to the Blackhawks in their previous outing. The Corsi for the Predators came in at 55 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 55 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 50.0%. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 47.3% and they had a PDO of 91.7 for this one. Nashville tallied 4 mins in the box in this matchup. The Predators had a solid offensive output in the loss. Their Fenwick was 46 and the Fenwick Against sat at 34, giving them a Fenwick rate of 57.5%. They recorded 25 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 18 opportunities to control the puck. They also had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to make the most of them. In the outing, they converted 4 of the 40 shots they attempted.
The Predators have had 1,489 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .908. While playing at even strength, the Predators have allowed the opponent to score 100 goals while scoring 100 on the offensive side of the ice. Nashville Predators opponents have earned 152 power play opportunities (3rd in pro hockey) and have scored 37 goals in those attempts. For the year, they have recorded 52 points and their points percentage is .542. Nashville has taken 1,433 shots and has a shooting percentage of 8.7%. In reference to their goal scoring prowess, the Nashville Predators have accumulated 125 goals (18th in pro hockey) this year and have surrendered 137. Nashville steps onto the ice with 139 power play chances and they have tallied 25 goals out of those advantages, giving them a percentage of 17.99%.
The man in net for this game is Juuse Saros. Saros has played in 148 matchups throughout his professional hockey career. He has amassed an overall record of 71-45-17 and was named the starter in 132 games. Opponents have racked up 346 goals versus Saros in his pro hockey career and his average for goals against per game is 2.51. Saros has had 4,299 shots against him and has recorded 3,953 total saves. His save percentage currently is at .920 during his 8,257 mins on the ice. In his career, Saros has accounted for 80 quality starts and his quality starts rate is .606.
In their last game, Chicago played the Predators in a matchup where the Blackhawks got the win by a tally of 5-4. They had a PDO of 108 and they earned an oZS percentage of 52.7%. They had 4 power play attempts in this outing but weren't able to score a goal. Their Fenwick rate was 42.5% by earning a Fenwick of 34 and the Predators ending the game with a 46 Fenwick. The Blackhawks recorded 5 goals out of the 30 shots on goal they tried. Chicago wrapped up this game with a 50.0% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Chicago had and they showed up in this game.
The Blackhawks have tallied 98 goals at even strength and 34 goals (7th in the NHL) while having a power play advantage. Chicago has tried 1,381 shots (14th in professional hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 9.56%, while allowing their opponents 1,557 shots. During this campaign, the Chicago Blackhawks are sitting with 132 goals, 49 points, in addition to a points percentage of .521. They have a tally of 148 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play percentage of 22.97%. They have a penalty kill rate of 76.15% on their opponents 130 power play tries, and their save percentage is 90.6%. They have permitted 146 goals to be scored by way of 115 goals at even strength and 31 goals while they were shorthanded.
Across the rink you are expected to see Kevin Lankinen patrolling the crease. He has tallied 978 stops out of 1,073 shots tried, which gives him a percentage of .911. Lankinen has amassed a career mark of 16-13-4 and has participated in 33 games. He has been a starter 33 games and has played for a total of 1,975 mins. Lankinen's quality start rate is 54.5% and he has made 18 quality starting assignments in his hockey career. Teams are averaging 2.89 goals per contest and he has yielded 95 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Nashville (-125)
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