Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, 3/6/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Sunday, March 6, 2022
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Lightning (-225) Blackhawks (+188)
United Center is the site where the Chicago Blackhawks (20-27-8) will go up against the Tampa Bay Lightning (36-12-6) on Sunday. The moneyline on this game has Tampa Bay at -225 while Chicago is at +188. The total is 6.
The Tampa Bay Lightning were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3-1 victory over the Red Wings in their previous contest. Tampa Bay garnered 8 penalty minutes in this matchup. They also had 4 power play tries and scored 3 goals. The Lightning played like an average offensive team in the win. In the outing, they were able to notch a goal on 3 out of the 38 shots they put on goal.
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The Lightning have had 1,582 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .906. While at even strength, the Lightning let the opposition score 118 goals while notching 148 themselves. Tampa Bay Lightning opponents have totaled 155 power play opportunities (20th in pro hockey) and have racked up 30 goals in those attempts. For the current campaign, they have scored 78 points and their points % is .722. Tampa Bay has attempted 1,621 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 11.4%. In terms of their goal scoring prowess, the Tampa Bay Lightning have accumulated 184 goals (7th in the National Hockey League) on the campaign and have conceded 148. Tampa Bay has 168 power play chances and they have scored 36 goals out of those chances, garnering them a percentage of 21.43%.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Brian Elliott. Opponents have been able to score 1,197 goals versus Elliott in his professional career and his goals against rate is 2.53. Elliott has played in 513 games over the course of his hockey career. His save percentage is at .910 during his 28,361 minutes guarding the cage. He has accumulated an overall mark of 262-157-51 and was named the starter in 466 games. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Elliott has accrued 253 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .543. Elliott has had 13,342 shot attempts taken against him and he has 12,145 total saves.
When they took the ice last, Chicago played the Oilers in an outing where the Blackhawks got the victory by a score of 4-3. The Blackhawks converted 4 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play chances in this outing and recorded 1 goal out of those opportunities.
The Blackhawks have earned 100 goals at even strength and 35 goals (17th in the NHL) while on the power play. Chicago has put up 1,584 shots (28th in the NHL) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 8.52%, while allowing their opponents 1,768 shots. During this campaign, the Chicago Blackhawks have earned a total of 135 goals, 48 points, and a points percentage of .436. They have a total of 169 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 20.71%. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 75.32% on the other teams 158 power play opportunities, and their save percentage comes in at 89.5%. They have permitted 186 goals to be scored by way of 147 goals at even strength and 39 goals while they had less men on the ice.
On the other side of the ice you will find Marc-Andre Fleury defending the goal. Fleury has accrued a career mark of 509-295-86 and has been in goal for 923 games. Fleury's rate of quality starts is 55.3% and he has made 424 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He has racked up 23,949 saves out of the 26,228 shots attempted against him, giving him a save percentage of .913. His opponents are averaging 2.56 goals per game and he has yielded 2,279 goals altogether. He has started in 767 contests and has been on the ice for 53,432 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Chicago (+188)
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