Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, 3/4/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (-225) Blackhawks (+188)
The Chicago Blackhawks (21-35-5) will try to defeat the Nashville Predators (30-23-6) at United Center on Saturday. The moneyline on this game has Nashville at -225 while Chicago is at +188. The total comes in at 6.
The Nashville Predators had a good night with a 2-1 win over the Panthers in their previous contest . The Predators could have played much better offensively in the victory. For the game, they scored on 2 out of the 23 shots they looked to score on. Furthermore, they had 1 chance on the power play and netted 1 goal. Nashville recorded 2 penalty minutes for this contest.
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When playing at even strength, the Predators have given up 136 goals while getting 134 themselves. Nashville Predators opponents have 200 power play opportunities (10th in hockey) and have notched 38 goals in those attempts. In the matter of their scoring capabilities, the Nashville Predators have earned 169 goals (26th in pro hockey) on the season and have given up 174. Nashville has taken 1,798 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.4%. For the current season, they have scored 66 points and their points % is .559. The Predators thus far have had 1,981 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .912. Nashville has accounted for 185 power play chances and they have notched 35 goals out of those advantages, garnering them a rate of 18.92%.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Juuse Saros. Saros has been involved in 267 contests over the course of his NHL career. He has a record of 137-89-25 and he has gotten the start in 251 games. The opposition has been able to score 658 goals versus Saros in his pro career and his goals against average per game is 2.58. Saros has seen 8,123 shots against him and has garnered 7,465 saves. His save percentage is .919 in his 15,281 minutes in the crease. Over the course of his time in hockey, Saros has 155 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .618.
In their last contest, Chicago went up against the Stars in an outing where the Blackhawks took the defeat by a tally of 5-2. They had 2 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. The Blackhawks converted 2 goals out of the 21 shots on goal they tried.
During this campaign, the Chicago Blackhawks have earned a total of 150 goals, 47 points, as well as a points percentage of .385. They have permitted 220 goals to be scored by way of 177 goals at even strength and 43 goals while they were shorthanded. The Blackhawks have scored 119 goals at even strength and 31 goals (27th in the league) while having more men on the ice. They have earned 176 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 17.61%. Chicago has tried 1,641 shots (31st in hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 9.14%, while allowing the other team 2,066 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 75.84% on their opponents 178 power play chances, and their save percentage is 89.4%.
On the other side of the ice you will find Petr Mrazek patrolling the crease. Opponents are averaging 2.75 goals/game and he has yielded 831 goals overall. Mrazek's quality start percentage sits at 50.2% and he has made 149 quality starts in his professional career. He has started in 297 contests and has been on the ice for 18,148 minutes. Mrazek is the owner of a lifetime record of 148-119-33 and has played in 324 contests. He has gathered 8,130 stops out of 8,961 shots tried, which gives him a save % of .907.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Chicago (+188)
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