Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings - 4/21/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings - 4/21/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings (41-27-10) vs Chicago Blackhawks (25-40-11)

Game Info: Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 10:30 pm (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Kings -275 / Chicago Blackhawks +210 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Los Angeles Kings host the Chicago Blackhawks in Thursday NHL Action.

The Chicago Blackhawks come into this road contest with an overall record of 25-40-11. Through 76 games, the Blackhawks are 7th in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 204 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 3.57 goals per game. So far, the Blackhawks have a strength of schedule rating of 1st in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 28th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Los Angeles Kings get set to host the Chicago Blackhawks with an overall record of 41-27-10. This mark places them 3rd in the Pacific division. Through 78 games, the Kings have scored 224 goals, giving them an average of 2.82. This output gives them a rank of 20th among NHL teams. On defense, Los Angeles is the 13th ranked unit, giving up 2.86 goals per contest. So far, the Kings have played the 13th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Los Angeles's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 17th in the NHL.

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Through 76 games, the Chicago Blackhawks' leading goal scorer is Alex DeBrincat. With his 34 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 73. On the season, he is turning 15.7% 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 76 games, he has come up with 25 goals on a shooting percentage of 9.4%. 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.

Through 78 games, Los Angeles' leading goal scorer is Adrian Kempe. With his 34 goals and 16 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 50. On the season, he is turning 14.6% 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 78 games, he has come up with 18 goals on a shooting percentage of 9.0%. However, when on the ice, the Kings are -10 in scoring differential. Los Angeles's top goalie is Jonathan Quick, who is giving up an average of 2.63 goals per game. In his 43 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 51 percent of the time.

In Chicago's 76 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 39-32-5. So far, taking the over when the Blackhawks are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 20-14-3. On the season, 61.0% of Chicago's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 43.0% of the scoring coming from the Blackhawks. Coming into this game, the Kings have an over-under record of 33-43-2. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 18-20-1. On the season, 46.0% of Los Angeles's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 47.0% of the scoring coming from the Kings. With an over-under line set at 6 goals, I see this game finishing below that line, as two struggling offenses will have trouble finding the net. I recommend taking the under.

 

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