Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks - 4/12/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Chicago Blackhawks (24-37-11) vs Los Angeles Kings (38-26-10)
Game Info: Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 8:30 pm (United Center)
Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks +115 / Los Angeles Kings -150 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Chicago Blackhawks host the Los Angeles Kings in Tuesday NHL Action.
The Los Angeles Kings come into this road contest with an overall record of 38-26-10. Through 74 games, the Kings are 3rd in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 212 times, good for a rank of 20th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Los Angeles is the 13th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.84 goals per game. So far, the Kings have a strength of schedule rating of 11th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 17th ranked team in the NHL.
The Chicago Blackhawks get set to host the Los Angeles Kings with an overall record of 24-37-11. This mark places them 7th in the Central division. Through 72 games, the Blackhawks have scored 192 goals, giving them an average of 2.61. This output gives them a rank of 27th among NHL teams. On defense, Chicago is the 25th ranked unit, giving up 3.51 goals per contest. So far, the Blackhawks have played the toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Chicago's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 27th in the NHL.
Through 74 games, the Los Angeles Kings' leading goal scorer is Adrian Kempe. With his 16 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 48. On the season, he is turning 14.7% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Kings have benefited from the strong play of Anze Kopitar, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Los Angeles's 74 games, he has come up with 18 goals on a shooting percentage of 9.3%. However, when on the ice, the Kings are -10 in scoring differential. Los Angeles's top goalie is Calvin Petersen, who is giving up an average of 2.79 goals per game. In his 35 games played, he has turned in 19 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
Through 72 games, Chicago's leading goal scorer is Alex DeBrincat. With his 39 goals and 28 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 67. On the season, he is turning 16.6% 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 72 games, he has come up with 22 goals on a shooting percentage of 8.8%. However, when on the ice, the Blackhawks are -18 in scoring differential. Chicago's top goalie is Marc-Andre Fleury, who is giving up an average of 2.95 goals per game. In his 45 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 49 percent of the time.
Coming into this game, the Kings have an over-under record of 31-41-2. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 13-22-1. On the season, 46.0% of Los Angeles's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 48.0% of the scoring coming from the Kings.In Chicago's 72 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 35-32-5. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing at home, going just 16-18-2. On the season, 58.0% of Chicago's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 43.0% of the scoring coming from the Blackhawks. Look for this to be a high-scoring game, as both Chicago and Los Angeles will benefit from playing goalies that have save percentages below the NHL average. I recommend taking the over.
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