Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators Prediction, 3/16/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
TV: Bally Sports South
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+205) Predators (-250)
The Nashville Predators (34-24-7) are welcoming the Chicago Blackhawks (23-38-6) at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday. The moneyline on this game has Chicago at +205 and Nashville is sitting at -250. The total is set at 6.
The Chicago Blackhawks came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 6-3 win over the Bruins in their previous contest . The Blackhawks had a good offensive outing and it showed in the victory. In the game, they tallied a score on 6 out of the 29 shots they tried. Additionally, they had 3 power play opportunities and were able to notch 1 goal. Chicago accrued 4 penalty mins in this outing.
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When at even strength, the Blackhawks let the opposition score 191 goals while getting 136 of their own. Chicago Blackhawks opponents have totaled 195 power play opportunities (24th in hockey) and have a total of 46 goals in those attempts. When discussing their scoring capabilities, the Chicago Blackhawks have tallied 169 goals (32nd in the National Hockey League) on the season and have given up 237. Chicago has taken 1,786 shots and has a shooting percentage of 9.5%. For the season, they have tallied 52 points and their points percentage is .388. The Blackhawks thus far have had 2,289 shots taken against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .896. Chicago skates onto the rink with 197 power play chances and they have tallied 33 goals out of those attempts, giving them a rate of 16.75%.
The man in goal for this game is Alex Stalock. Stalock has taken the ice for 170 matchups during his professional hockey career. He has amassed a win-loss record of 69-58-19 and he has gotten the start in 139 games. The opposition has notched 402 goals against Stalock in his NHL career and his goals against rate is 2.66. Stalock has had 4,445 shots against him and has recorded 4,043 saves. His save percentage is at .910 in his 9,079 mins played. Over the course of his pro career, Stalock is sitting with 77 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .554.
Their last time out, Nashville opposed the Red Wings in an outing where the Predators notched a win by a tally of 2-1. The Predators notched 2 goals of the 16 shots on goal they attempted. They had 5 opportunities on the power play in this contest but weren't able to put one in the back of the net.
Nashville has tried 1,977 shots (24th in hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 9.31%, while allowing the opposition 2,174 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 81.57% on the other teams 217 power play opportunities, and their save percentage sits at 91.4%. They have earned 203 chances on the power play and they have a power play rate of 18.72%. The Predators have accumulated 146 goals at even strength and 38 goals (23rd in the league) while on the power play. They have permitted 188 goals to be scored by way of 148 goals at even strength and 40 goals while they had less men on the ice. For the year, the Nashville Predators have tallied 184 goals, 75 points, as well as a points percentage of .577.
On the other side of the ice you will find Juuse Saros defending the goal. He has recorded 7,618 saves out of the 8,288 shots taken against him, which gives him a rate of .919. Saros holds a career record of 140-90-26 and has been in net for 272 contests. He has started in 256 contests and has played 15,582 minutes. Saros' percentage of quality starts sits at 61.7% and he has qualified for 158 quality starting assignments in his pro career. The opposition is averaging 2.58 goals per contest and he has yielded 670 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Nashville (-250)
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