Chicago Blackhawks at Florida Panthers - 3/31/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Florida Panthers (45-15-6) vs Chicago Blackhawks (24-33-10)
Game Info: Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 7:00 pm (FLA Live Arena)
Betting Odds: Florida Panthers -294 / Chicago Blackhawks +228 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Florida Panthers host the Chicago Blackhawks in Thursday NHL Action.
The Chicago Blackhawks come into this road contest with an overall record of 24-33-10. Through 67 games, the Blackhawks are 7th in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 184 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 3.48 goals per game. So far, the Blackhawks have a strength of schedule rating of 3rd 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 Florida Panthers get set to host the Chicago Blackhawks with an overall record of 45-15-6. This mark places them 1st in the Atlantic division. Through 66 games, the Panthers have scored 271 goals, giving them an average of 4.06. This output gives them a rank of 1st among NHL teams. On defense, Florida is the 12th ranked unit, giving up 2.89 goals per contest. So far, the Panthers have played the 23rd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Florida's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 1st in the NHL.
Through 67 games, the Chicago Blackhawks' leading goal scorer is Alex DeBrincat. With his 26 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 64. 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 67 games, he has come up with 21 goals on a shooting percentage of 9.2%. 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 2.95 goals per game.
Through 66 games, Florida's leading goal scorer is Aleksander Barkov. With his 29 goals and 37 assists, he is second in overall points, coming in at 66. On the season, he is turning 16.7% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Panthers have benefited from the strong play of Jonathan Huberdeau, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Florida's 66 games, he has come up with 23 goals on a shooting percentage of 12.7%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +26. Florida's top goalie is Sergei Bobrovsky, who is giving up an average of 2.61 goals per game. In his 43 games played, he has turned in 26 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
In Chicago's 67 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 33-29-5. So far, taking the over when the Blackhawks are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 18-13-3. On the season, 60.0% of Chicago's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 44.0% of the scoring coming from the Blackhawks. In Florida's 66 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 40-23-3. So far, taking the over when the Panthers are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 24-8-1. On the season, 70.0% of Florida's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 58% of the scoring coming from the Panthers. With a line set at 7 goals, even if the Panthers have a big scoring night, I don't see Chicago carrying their scoring weight to push this over the betting line. I recommend taking the under.
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