Florida Panthers at Chicago Blackhawks - 2/20/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Florida Panthers at Chicago Blackhawks - 2/20/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks (18-25-8) vs Florida Panthers (34-10-5)

Game Info: Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 3:00 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks +225 / Florida Panthers -105 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Chicago Blackhawks host the Florida Panthers in Sunday NHL Action

The Florida Panthers come into this road contest with an overall record of 34-10-5. Through 49 games, the Panthers are 1st in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 203 times, good for the top spot among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Florida is the 15th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.86 goals per game. So far, the Panthers have a strength of schedule rating of 8th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the top-ranked team in the NHL.

The Chicago Blackhawks get set to host the Florida Panthers with an overall record of 18-25-8. This mark places them 7th in the Central division. Through 51 games, the Blackhawks have scored 124 goals, giving them an average of 2.37. This output gives them a rank of 29th among NHL teams. On defense, Chicago is the 25th ranked unit, giving up 3.31 goals per contest. So far, the Blackhawks have played the 2nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Chicago's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 27th in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the Florida Panthers' leader in points is Jonathan Huberdeau. In his team's 49 games, he has come up with 17 goals and 51 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.6%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +23. The team's top overall goal scorer is Aleksander Barkov. Of his 22 goals, 27.0% have come during power play time. Florida's top goalie is Sergei Bobrovsky, who is giving up an average of 2.52 goals per game. In his 34 games played, he has turned in 20 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 51 games, Chicago's leading goal scorer is Alex DeBrincat. With his 29 goals and 12 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 41. On the season, he is turning 17.9% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Blackhawks have benefited from the strong play of Patrick Kane, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Chicago's 51 games, he has come up with 12 goals on a shooting percentage of 6.8%. However, when on the ice, the Blackhawks are -16 in scoring differential. Chicago's top goalie is Marc-Andre Fleury, who is giving up an average of 2.8 goals per game. In his 37 games played, he has turned in 21 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Florida's 49 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 32-15. On the season, the Florida Panthers have a per-game scoring differential of 1.22. Even when playing on the road, Florida has an average scoring margin of 0.26 goals. Heading into their game with the Chicago Blackhawks, the Panthers have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 24 goals, accounting for 59.0% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 4.1 goals per game 3 times. Look for the Panthers to pick up the win and cover the spread vs Chicago.

 

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Joe’s Pick Florida Panthers -105

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