Chicago Blackhawks at Philadelphia Flyers - 3/5/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Philadelphia Flyers (16-28-10) vs Chicago Blackhawks (20-27-8)
Game Info: Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 3:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
Betting Odds: Philadelphia Flyers -118 / Chicago Blackhawks -104 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Flyers host the Chicago Blackhawks in Saturday NHL Action.
The Chicago Blackhawks come into this road contest with an overall record of 20-27-8. Through 55 games, the Blackhawks are 7th in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 138 times, good for a rank of 27th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Chicago is the 24th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.38 goals per game. So far, the Blackhawks have a strength of schedule rating of 2nd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 27th ranked team in the NHL.
The Philadelphia Flyers get set to host the Chicago Blackhawks with an overall record of 16-28-10. This mark places them 8th in the Metropolitan division. Through 54 games, the Flyers have scored 135 goals, giving them an average of 2.5. This output gives them a rank of 29th among NHL teams. On defense, Philadelphia is the 25th ranked unit, giving up 3.43 goals per contest. So far, the Flyers have played the 4th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Philadelphia's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 28th in the NHL.
Through 55 games, the Chicago Blackhawks' leading goal scorer is Alex DeBrincat. With his 16 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 46. On the season, he is turning 16.8% 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 55 games, he has come up with 17 goals on a shooting percentage of 8.7%. However, when on the ice, the Blackhawks are -20 in scoring differential. Chicago's top goalie is Marc-Andre Fleury, who is giving up an average of 2.83 goals per game. In his 40 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 1.0 percent of the time.
Through 54 games, Philadelphia's leading goal scorer is Cam Atkinson. With his 18 goals and 21 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 39. On the season, he is turning 11.0% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Flyers have benefited from the strong play of Claude Giroux, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Philadelphia's 54 games, he has come up with 17 goals on a shooting percentage of 12.4%. However, when on the ice, the Flyers are -12 in scoring differential. Philadelphia's top goalie is Carter Hart, who is giving up an average of 2.94 goals per game. In his 35 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 53% percent of the time.
In Philadelphia's 54 games, they have a .500 record against the spread, going 25-25. However, their ATS record at home is just 12-13. On the season, the Philadelphia Flyers have a per-game scoring differential of -1.0. Things haven't gone any better at home, as they are losing home games by an average of -1.28 goals. As the Philadelphia Flyers get set to take on the Blackhawks, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 1-4. During this stretch, they have scored 10 goals, accounting for 37.0% of the scoring in these contests. If the Flyers hope to break out of their slump, they need to pick up their offensive play. During this stretch, they have outscored their average of 3.43 goals just 2 times. Look for the Blackhawks to take advantage of a struggling Flyers unit, picking up a win in what should be a close game.
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