Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 3/19/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Saturday, March 19, 2022
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+205) Wild (-250)
The Chicago Blackhawks (22-30-9) are on their way to Xcel Energy Center on Saturday where they will meet the Minnesota Wild (35-20-4). The moneyline on this game has Chicago at +205 while Minnesota is priced at -250. The betting total comes in at 6.
The Chicago Blackhawks will need a bounce back game after taking a 2-1 loss against the Bruins the last time they stepped on the ice. Chicago recorded 6 penalty minutes in this contest. The Blackhawks didn't have a great showing offensively in this loss. They also had 3 power play attempts but didn't net one. In the game, they scored on 1 of the 20 shots they launched.
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The Blackhawks have had 1,966 shots taken against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .894. While at even strength, the Blackhawks let the opposition score 166 goals while scoring 122 themselves. Chicago Blackhawks opponents have 176 power play tries (17th in the NHL) and have a total of 42 goals in those chances. For the year, they have accumulated 53 points and their points percentage sits at .434. Chicago has tried 1,745 shots and holds a shot percentage of 9.1%. Pertaining to their scoring, the Chicago Blackhawks have accounted for 159 goals (25th in the NHL) on the season and have allowed 208. Chicago has 184 power play chances and they have notched 37 goals out of those chances, giving them a percentage of 20.11%.
The man in goal for this game is Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury has been in goal for 927 contests throughout his pro hockey career. He has amassed an overall record of 511-296-87 and he has started in 771 games. The opposition has notched 2,293 goals versus Fleury in his career and his goals against rate is 2.56. Fleury has had 26,363 shots taken against him and has accrued 24,070 saves. His save percentage currently is at .913 for his 53,673 minutes in the crease. During his career on the ice, Fleury has accrued 425 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .551.
Their last time out, Minnesota faced off against the Bruins in an outing where the Wild earned a victory by a tally of 4-2. They had 3 power play chances in this outing and netted 1 goal out of those tries. The Wild scored 4 goals of the 34 shots on goal they pursued.
The Wild are sitting with 181 goals at even strength and 36 goals (19th in hockey) while on the power play. Minnesota has tried 1,924 shots (15th in professional hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 11.28%, while allowing their opponents 1,887 shots. This season, the Minnesota Wild have earned a total of 217 goals, 74 points, as well as a points percentage of .627. They have a total of 179 opportunities on the power play and they have earned a power play percentage of 20.11%. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 75.77% on their oppositions 194 power play chances, and their save percentage is 89.9%. They have granted a total of 191 goals to be scored by way of 144 goals at even strength and 47 goals while they had less men on the ice.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Cam Talbot defending the goal. Talbot has compiled a career record of 192-142-31 and has played in 384 games. Talbot's rate of quality starts comes out to 52.8% and he has qualified for 195 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He is sitting with 10,349 stops out of the 11,318 shots tried, which gives him a rate of .914. The opposition is averaging 2.64 goals per game and he has relinquished 969 goals altogether. He has started in 369 games and has played 21,993 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota (-250)
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