Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators - 4/16/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators - 4/16/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators (42-27-5) vs Chicago Blackhawks (25-38-11)

Game Info: Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 12:30 pm (Bridgestone Arena)

Betting Odds: Nashville Predators -163 / Chicago Blackhawks +375 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Nashville Predators host the Chicago Blackhawks in Saturday NHL Action.

The Chicago Blackhawks come into this road contest with an overall record of 25-38-11. Through 74 games, the Blackhawks are 7th in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 199 times, good for a rank of 27th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Chicago is the 25th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.54 goals per game. So far, the Blackhawks have a strength of schedule rating of 2nd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 27th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Nashville Predators get set to host the Chicago Blackhawks with an overall record of 42-27-5. This mark places them 4th in the Central division. Through 74 games, the Predators have scored 237 goals, giving them an average of 3.18. This output gives them a rank of 14th among NHL teams. On defense, Nashville is the 11th-ranked unit, giving up 2.86 goals per contest. So far, the Predators have played the 21st toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Nashville's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 14th in the NHL.

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Through 74 games, the Chicago Blackhawks' leading goal scorer is Alex DeBrincat. With his 31 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 70. On the season, he is turning 16.2% 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 74 games, he has come up with 24 goals on a shooting percentage of 9.3%. However, when on the ice, the Blackhawks are -17 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 Nashville Predators leader in points is Roman Josi. In Nashville's 74 games, he has come up with 19 goals and 68 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 7.4%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Filip Forsberg. Of his 38 goals, 18.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +20.0. Nashville's top goalie is Juuse Saros, who is giving up an average of 2.53 goals per game. In his 62 games played, he has turned in 42 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Chicago's 74 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 37-32-5. So far, taking the over when the Blackhawks are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 19-14-3. 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. In Nashville's 74 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 42-32. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing at home, going just 15-21. On the season, 57.0% of Nashville's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Predators. Even with a line set at 5.5 goals, I still recommend taking the under. Despite Chicago ranking 27th in goals allowed, their expected goals allowed figure places them 16th in the NHL. Given that Nashville is just an average offensive unit, I see this being a low-scoring matchup.

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