Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings - 3/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings - 3/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings (35-22-8) vs Chicago Blackhawks (22-32-9)

Game Info: Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 10:00 pm ( Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Kings -185 / Chicago Blackhawks +149 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Los Angeles Kings host the Chicago Blackhawks in Thursday 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 25th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Chicago is the 24th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.44 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 Los Angeles Kings get set to host the Chicago Blackhawks with an overall record of 35-22-8. This mark places them 2nd in the Pacific division. Through 65 games, the Kings have scored 188 goals, giving them an average of 2.85. This output gives them a rank of 19th among NHL teams. On defense, Los Angeles is the 11th ranked unit, giving up 2.77 goals per contest. So far, the Kings have played the 13th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Los Angeles's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 15th 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.

Coming into this game, the Los Angeles King's leader in points is Anze Kopitar. In Los Angeles's 65 games, he has come up with 16 goals and 38 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 9.4%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Adrian Kempe. Of his 28 goals, 14% have come during power play time. However, when on the ice, the Kings are -6 in scoring differential. Los Angeles's top goalie is Calvin Petersen, who is giving up an average of 2.65 goals per game. In his 29 games played, he has turned in 16 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

On the season, the Chicago Blackhawks have a per-game scoring differential of -0.83. Things haven't gone any better on the road as they losing road games by an average of -0.68 goals. As the Chicago Blackhawks get set to take on the Kings, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 1-4. On the other side, Los Angeles has scored 13 goals over their past 5 games, accounting for 54% of the overall scoring. This output has led to a record of 3-2. Look for the Kings to pick up the home win over Chicago.

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