Vegas Golden Knights at Chicago Blackhawks - 4/27/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Chicago Blackhawks (27-42-11) vs Vegas Golden Knights (42-31-6)
Game Info: Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 8:30 pm (United Center)
Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks +173 / Vegas Golden Knights -217 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Chicago Blackhawks host the Vegas Golden Knights in Wednesday NHL Action.
The Vegas Golden Knights come into this road contest with an overall record of 42-31-6. Through 79 games, the Golden Knights are 4th in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 254 times, good for a rank of 12th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Vegas is the 14th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.97 goals per game. So far, the Golden Knights have a strength of schedule rating of 20th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 14th-ranked team in the NHL.
The Chicago Blackhawks get set to host the Vegas Golden Knights with an overall record of 27-42-11. This mark places them 7th in the Central division. Through 80 games, the Blackhawks have scored 213 goals, giving them an average of 2.6. This output gives them a rank of 27th among NHL teams. On defense, Chicago is the 26th ranked unit, giving up 3.54 goals per contest. So far, the Blackhawks have played the 3rd 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 28th in the NHL.
Through 73 games, the Vegas Golden Knight's goal and overall scoring leader is Jonathan Marchessault, with 64 points. He has reached his mark of 29 goals, on a shooting percentage of 12.1%. So far, 17.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Chandler Stephenson, who has 40 assists to go along with his 20 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +1. Vegas's top goalie is Robin Lehner, who is giving up an average of 2.83 goals per game.
Through 80 games, Chicago's leading goal scorer is Alex DeBrincat. With his 41 goals and 36 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 77. On the season, he is turning 15.5% 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 80 games, he has come up with 26 goals on a shooting percentage of 9.3%. 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.
In Vegas's 79 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 44-32-3. So far, taking the over when the Golden Knights are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 19-18-1. On the season, 59.0% of Vegas's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Golden Knights. In Chicago's 80 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 40-35-5. So far, taking the over when the Blackhawks are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 19-19-2. 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. I see this matchup surpassing the line of 5.5 goals, led by a strong offensive performance from Vegas, as they will benefit from taking on the 25th ranked goalie unit in terms of save percentage.
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