Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks - 3/6/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks - 3/6/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks (20-28-8) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (36-12-6)

Game Info: Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 7:00 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks +188 / Tampa Bay Lightning -250 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Chicago Blackhawks host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Sunday NHL Action.

The Tampa Bay Lightning come into this road contest with an overall record of 36-12-6. Through 54 games, the Lightning are 1st in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 186 times, good for a rank of 7th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Tampa Bay is the 7th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.74 goals per game. So far, the Lightning have a strength of schedule rating of 18th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 7th ranked team in the NHL.

The Chicago Blackhawks get set to host the Tampa Bay Lightning with an overall record of 20-27-8. This mark places them 7th in the Central division. Through 55 games, the Blackhawks have scored 138 goals, giving them an average of 2.45. This output gives them a rank of 27th among NHL teams. On defense, Chicago is the 24th ranked unit, giving up 3.38 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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Through 53 games, the Tampa Bay Lightning goal and overall scoring leader is Steven Stamkos with 61 points. He has reached his mark of 27 goals, on a shooting percentage of 18.0%. So far, 37.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Victor Hedman, who has 43 assists to go along with his 11 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +15.0. Tampa Bay's top goalie is Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is giving up an average of 2.32 goals per game. In his 42 games played, he has turned in 27 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 55 games, Chicago's leading goal scorer is Alex DeBrincat. With his 30 goals and 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 53% percent of the time.

In terms of betting, the Lightning are covering the spread in less than half their games, with an ATS record of just 22-27. Even though they have an overall ATS record below .500, they have managed to cover 14 of their 25 road games. On the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning have a per-game scoring differential of 0.63. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.62 goals. Heading into their game with the Chicago Blackhawks, the Lightning have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 17 goals, accounting for 57% of the overall scoring. Look for the Lightning to continue their hot play with a win over Chicago.


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Joe’s Pick Lightning -250

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