San Jose Sharks at Chicago Blackhawks - 4/14/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

San Jose Sharks at Chicago Blackhawks - 4/14/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks (24-38-11) vs San Jose Sharks (29-33-10)

Game Info: Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 8:30 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks -125 / San Jose Sharks +102 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Chicago Blackhawks host the San Jose Sharks in Thursday NHL Action.

The San Jose Sharks come into this road contest with an overall record of 29-33-10. Through 72 games, the Sharks are 7th in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 186 times, good for a rank of 31st among NHL teams. Heading into the game, San Jose is the 19th-ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.15 goals per game. So far, the Sharks have a strength of schedule rating of 6th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 24th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Chicago Blackhawks get set to host the San Jose Sharks with an overall record of 24-38-11. This mark places them 7th in the Central division. Through 73 games, the Blackhawks have scored 194 goals, giving them an average of 2.6. This output gives them a rank of 27th among NHL teams. On defense, Chicago is the 25th ranked unit, giving up 3.53 goals per contest. So far, the Blackhawks have played the 2nd 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.

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Through 67 games, the San Jose Sharks goal and overall scoring leader is Timo Meier with 70 points. He has reached his mark of 31 goals, on a shooting percentage of 10.8%. So far, 39.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Tomas Hertl, who has 31 assists to go along with his 28 goals. However, when on the ice, the Sharks are -5.0 in scoring differential. San Jose's top goalie is James Reimer, who is giving up an average of 2.77 goals per game. In his 43 games played, he has turned in 28 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 73 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 16.5% 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 73 games, he has come up with 23 goals on a shooting percentage of 9.1%. However, when on the ice, the Blackhawks are -20 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 Sharks have an over-under record of 29-42-1. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 14-21. On the season, 44.0% of San Jose's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 44.0% of the scoring coming from the Sharks. In Chicago's 73 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 36-32-5. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing at home, going just 17-18-2. On the season, 59.0% of Chicago's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 43.0% of the scoring coming from the Blackhawks. On the season, the Blackhawks have generated the 2nd fewest scoring opportunites but will be facing a San Jose squad with the 20th ranked save percentage. Look for this game to surpass the line of 5.5 goals.

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