Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks - 3/23/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks - 3/23/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Anaheim Ducks (27-27-11) vs Chicago Blackhawks (22-32-9)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 10:00 pm (Honda Center)

Betting Odds: Anaheim Ducks -113 / Chicago Blackhawks +102 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Anaheim Ducks host the Chicago Blackhawks in Wednesday NHL Action.

The Chicago Blackhawks come into this road contest with an overall record of 22-32-9. Through 63 games, the Blackhawks are 7th in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 167 times, good for a rank of 24th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Chicago is the 25th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.44 goals per game. So far, the Blackhawks have a strength of schedule rating of 1st 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 Anaheim Ducks get set to host the Chicago Blackhawks with an overall record of 27-27-11. This mark places them 6th in the Pacific division. Through 65 games, the Ducks have scored 186 goals, giving them an average of 2.8. This output gives them a rank of 19th among NHL teams. On defense, Anaheim is the 23rd ranked unit, giving up 3.15 goals per contest. So far, the Ducks have played the 11th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Anaheim's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 22nd in the NHL.

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Through 63 games, the Chicago Blackhawks' leading goal scorer is Alex DeBrincat. With his 22 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 56. On the season, he is turning 16.5% 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 63 games, he has come up with 19 goals on a shooting percentage of 8.8%. 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 2.95 goals per game.

Through 60 games, the Anaheim Ducks' goal and overall scoring leader is Troy Terry, with 53 points. He has reached his mark of 30 goals, on a shooting percentage of 21.7%. So far, 27.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Trevor Zegras, who has 30 assists to go along with his 16 goals. However, when on the ice, the Ducks are -19 in scoring differential. Anaheim's top goalie is John Gibson, who is giving up an average of 3.09 goals per game. In his 46 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 52 percent of the time.

On the season, the Anaheim Ducks have a per-game scoring differential of -0.37. Things haven't gone any better at home, as they are losing home games by an average of -0.88 goals. The Anaheim Ducks come into this game having lost each of their last five games. During this stretch, Anaheim has scored 10 goals, accounting for 34.0% of the scoring in these contests. Even though Chicago is also in a rough stretch, winning just one of their past five contests, I see the Blackhawks picking up the win.


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Joe’s Pick Blackhawks +102

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