Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning - 4/1/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning - 4/1/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (42-18-6) vs Chicago Blackhawks (24-33-10)

Game Info: Friday, April 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning -303 / Chicago Blackhawks +234 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Tampa Bay Lightning host the Chicago Blackhawks in Friday 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 25th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Chicago is the 24th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.48 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 Tampa Bay Lightning get set to host the Chicago Blackhawks with an overall record of 42-18-6. This mark places them 2nd in the Atlantic division. Through 66 games, the Lightning have scored 219 goals, giving them an average of 3.29. This output gives them a rank of 12th among NHL teams. On defense, Tampa Bay is the 7th ranked unit, giving up 2.74 goals per contest. So far, the Lightning have played the 16th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Tampa Bay's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 9th in the NHL.

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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 65 games, the Tampa Bay Lightning's goal and overall scoring leader is Steven Stamkos, with 73 points. He has reached his mark of 30 goals, with a shooting percentage of 16.0%. So far, 40.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Victor Hedman, who has 45 assists to go along with his 19 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +14.0. Tampa Bay's top goalie is Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is giving up an average of 2.37 goals per game. In his 52 games played, he has turned in 34 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. Coming into this game, the Lightning have an over-under record of 32-34. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 13-17. On the season, 52.0% of Tampa Bay's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 54.0% of the scoring coming from the Lightning. With a line set at 6 goals, look for Chicago and Tampa Bay to surpass this total.

 

 

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