Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, 12/21/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (-152) Blackhawks (+126)
United Center is the location where the Chicago Blackhawks (7-19-4) will attempt to beat the Nashville Predators (13-13-4) on Wednesday. The line on this contest has the Predators at -152 and the Blackhawks are coming in at +126. The over/under comes in at 6.
The Nashville Predators will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 4-3 win over the Oilers their last time on the ice. Nashville accrued 6 mins in the box in this outing. The Predators had a good offensive performance and it was apparent in the victory. Additionally, they had 2 power play chances and netted 1 goal. In the game, they converted 4 out of the 35 shots they attempted.
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In terms of their scoring capabilities, the Nashville Predators have accumulated 74 goals (31st in pro hockey) for the year and have surrendered 92. For the current campaign, they sit with 30 points and their points percentage is sitting at .500. Nashville has accumulated 106 power play opportunities and they have notched 16 goals during those advantages, garnering them a rate of 15.09%. When playing at even strength, the Predators let the opposition score 67 goals while notching 58 of their own. Nashville has attempted 897 shots and holds a shot percentage of 8.3%. The Predators have seen 993 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .907. Nashville Predators opponents have earned 104 power play opportunities (14th in pro hockey) and have a total of 25 goals in those attempts.
The man in goal for this game is Juuse Saros. Saros has been in net for 245 games over the course of his NHL career. He has accumulated an overall mark of 124-81-24 and he started in 229 games. Opponents have tallied 598 goals versus Saros in his career and his goals against average per game is 2.57. Saros has had 7,359 shot attempts against him and has accrued 6,761 saves. His save percentage sits at .919 during his 13,962 minutes on the ice. Throughout his time in hockey, Saros has recorded 141 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .616.
Their last time out, Chicago faced off against the Rangers in a matchup where the Blackhawks took the defeat by a score of 7-1. They had 1 power play chance in this one but didn't put one in the back of the net. The Blackhawks had 1 goal of the 30 shots on goal they tried.
Chicago has attempted 780 shots (31st in professional hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 8.72%, while allowing their opponents 1,002 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 71.28% on the other teams 94 power play opportunities, and their save percentage sits at 88.6%. They have earned 92 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play percentage of 22.83%. The Blackhawks have accumulated 47 goals at even strength and 21 goals (21st in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have allowed 114 goals to be scored by way of 87 goals at even strength and 27 goals while they were shorthanded. For the season, the Chicago Blackhawks have notched a total of 68 goals, 18 points, in addition to a points percentage of .300.
On the other side of the ice you will find Petr Mrazek in goal. Mrazek is the owner of a career record of 142-109-32 and has participated in 306 contests. Mrazek's quality start percentage sits at 50.2% and he has qualified for 140 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He has compiled 7,574 saves out of the 8,344 shots tried, which gives him a rate of .908. The opposition is averaging 2.70 goals per contest and he has relinquished 770 goals overall. He has been a starter 279 contests and has racked up 17,113 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Nashville (-152)
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