Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild - 3/19/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild - 3/19/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (35-20-4) vs Chicago Blackhawks (22-30-9)

Game Info: Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -250 / Chicago Blackhawks +194 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Minnesota Wild host the Chicago Blackhawks in Saturday NHL Action.

The Chicago Blackhawks come into this road contest with an overall record of 22-30-9. Through 61 games, the Blackhawks are 7th in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 162 times, good for a rank of 25th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Chicago is the 24th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.41 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 26th ranked team in the NHL.

The Minnesota Wild get set to host the Chicago Blackhawks with an overall record of 35-20-4. This mark places them 3rd in the Central division. Through 59 games, the Wild have scored 222 goals, giving them an average of 3.68. This output gives them a rank of 4th among NHL teams. On defense, Minnesota is the 21st ranked unit, giving up 3.24 goals per contest. So far, the Wild have played the 22nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Minnesota's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 10th in the NHL.

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Through 61 games, the Chicago Blackhawks' leading goal scorer is Alex DeBrincat. With his 21 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 55. On the season, he is turning 17.0% 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 61 games, he has come up with 19 goals on a shooting percentage of 9.0%. However, when on the ice, the Blackhawks are -13 in scoring differential. Chicago's top goalie is Marc-Andre Fleury, who is giving up an average of 2.9 goals per game.

Through 58 games, the Minnesota Wild's goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov, with 75 points. He has reached his mark of 32 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.4%. So far, 22.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mats Zuccarello, who has 42 assists to go along with his 19 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +17. Minnesota's top goalie is Cam Talbot, who is giving up an average of 2.98 goals per game. In his 37 games played, he has turned in 20 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Chicago's 61 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 29-28-4. So far, taking the over when the Blackhawks are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 16-12-2. On the season, 57.0% of Chicago's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 43.0% of the scoring coming from the Blackhawks. In Minnesota's 59 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 37-20-2. So far, taking the over when the Wild are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 20-5-1. On the season, 68.0% of Minnesota's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 54.0% of the scoring coming from the Wild. With a line set at 6 goals, look for the Wild and Blackhawks to surpass this line. I recommend taking the over.

 

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