Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks - 3/15/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks - 3/15/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks (22-30-8) vs Boston Bruins (36-18-5)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 8:30 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks +130 / Boston Bruins -167 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Chicago Blackhawks host the Boston Bruins in Tuesday NHL Action.

The Boston Bruins come into this road contest with an overall record of 36-18-5. Through 59 games, the Bruins are 4th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 180 times, good for a rank of 16th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Boston is the 5th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.68 goals per game. So far, the Bruins have a strength of schedule rating of 29th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 13th ranked team in the NHL.

The Chicago Blackhawks get set to host the Boston Bruins with an overall record of 22-30-8. This mark places them 7th in the Central division. Through 60 games, the Blackhawks have scored 161 goals, giving them an average of 2.63. This output gives them a rank of 25th among NHL teams. On defense, Chicago is the 25th ranked unit, giving up 3.43 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 26th in the NHL.

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Through 59 games, the Boston Bruins goal and overall scoring leader is David Pastrnak with 60 points. He has reached his mark of 33 goals, on a shooting percentage of 12.8%. So far, 39.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Brad Marchand, who has 34 assists to go along with his 23 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +4. Boston's top goalie is Jeremy Swayman, who is giving up an average of 2.06 goals per game. In his 28 games played, he has turned in 18 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 60 games, Chicago's leading goal scorer is Alex DeBrincat. With his 34 goals and 21 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 55. On the season, he is turning 17.2% 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 60 games, he has come up with 19 goals on a shooting percentage of 9.1%. However, when on the ice, the Blackhawks are -12 in scoring differential. Chicago's top goalie is Marc-Andre Fleury, who is giving up an average of 2.92 goals per game. In his 43 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 0.488 percent of the time.

On the season, the Boston Bruins have a per-game scoring differential of 0.34. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.72 goals. Heading into their game with the Chicago Blackhawks, the Bruins have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 19 goals, accounting for 58% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 3.02 goals per game 3 times. I expect this hot scoring stretch to continue as the Bruins take down the Chicago Blackhawks.

 

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