Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators Prediction, 4/16/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators
Date: Saturday, April 16, 2022
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
TV: Bally Sports South
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+225) Predators (-275)
The Nashville Predators (42-27-5) will go up against the Chicago Blackhawks (25-38-11) at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. The moneyline on this game has the Blackhawks at +225 and the Predators are sitting at -275. The over/under is set at 6.
The Chicago Blackhawks were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 5-4 victory over the Sharks in their previous outing. The Blackhawks had a solid offensive output and it showed in the win. In the game, they earned a goal on 5 of the 32 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 3 power play opportunities and were able to notch 1 goal. Chicago accumulated 15 penalty minutes in this contest.
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Chicago Blackhawks opponents have totaled 203 power play opportunities (25th in professional hockey) and have scored 50 goals in those chances. The Blackhawks have had 2,434 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .892. Chicago has attempted 2,129 shots and has a shot percentage of 9.1%. When playing at even strength, the Blackhawks have allowed the opponent to score 212 goals while earning 148 on offense. Chicago has 221 power play opportunities and they have tallied 46 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a rate of 20.81%. For the season, they have earned 61 points and their points percentage is .412. Regarding their scoring capabilities, the Chicago Blackhawks have accounted for 194 goals (27th in the NHL) this year and have conceded 262.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Kevin Lankinen. During his career on the ice, Lankinen has 27 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .450. His save percentage is at .901 in his 3,617 minutes between the pipes. Lankinen has had 1,981 shots against him and he has 1,784 saves. The opposition has been able to score 197 goals versus Lankinen in his pro career and his goals against average is 3.27. He has an overall mark of 22-26-11 and he was named the starter in 60 games. Lankinen has played in 62 games over the course of his NHL career.
When they were on the ice last, Nashville went up against the Oilers in a matchup where the Predators went home in defeat by a score of 4-0. They had 3 power play chances in this one but weren't able to notch a goal. The Predators recorded 0 goals out of the 30 shots on goal they attempted.
On the year, the Nashville Predators have earned a total of 235 goals, 89 points, as well as a points percentage of .601. They have allowed 212 goals to be scored by of a combination of 161 goals at even strength and 51 goals while they were shorthanded. The Predators are sitting with 181 goals at even strength and 54 goals (7th in the NHL) while having more men on the ice. They have a total of 227 power play chances and they have earned a power play percentage of 23.79%. Nashville has attempted 2,203 shots (24th in pro hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 10.67%, while allowing their opponents 2,364 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 79.84% on their oppositions 253 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently sits at 91.0%.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see Juuse Saros protecting the net. Saros has accumulated a lifetime record of 112-70-20 and has played in 217 contests. Saros' rate of quality starts is 62.7% and he has qualified for 126 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He has tallied 5,988 saves out of 6,504 shots taken against him, giving him a save % of .921. His opposition is averaging 2.50 goals per contest and he has relinquished 516 goals in total. He has been a starter 201 games and his ice time sits at 12,361 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Nashville (-275)
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