Arizona Coyotes vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 12/8/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Arizona Coyotes vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Coyotes (-110) Blackhawks (-105)
Darcy Kuemper and the Arizona Coyotes (17-10-4, 2nd in the Pacific Division) travel to United Center on Sunday where they'll meet the Chicago Blackhawks (12-12-5, 7th in the Central Division). The Coyotes open this matchup at -110 while the Blackhawks are coming in at -105. The over/under has been set at 5.5. The Coyotes cover 48.2% of the time, having gone 13-14 SU. Chicago covers 39.3% of the time, going 11-17 straight up.
The Arizona Coyotes head into this game holding a record of 17 wins and 10 defeats, which puts them at 2nd in the Pacific Division. So far this season, they have earned a total of 81 goals which ranks them 10th in the West and 21st in the NHL. Their goal differential is +11, which puts them at 8th in the NHL. The Coyotes have compiled a total of 38 pts, which ranks them 7th in the NHL and 4th in the Western Conference. When talking about shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 918 which ranks them 7th in the Western Conference and 15th in the NHL. As a group, Arizona currently has a total of 465 hits which means they are averaging 15 per contest. They have compiled a total of 357 blocks for the year. The man protecting the goal for Arizona is Darcy Kuemper from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He is 29 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,218 mins protecting the goal for the campaign. Kuemper is giving up an average of 1.92 goals per contest which has him ranked 1st among Western Conference goaltenders and 2nd among goaltenders in the NHL. During this year, he has given up 39 goals. He holds a save percentage of .937 which has him ranked 1st among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Arizona Coyotes will need a bounce back game after taking a 2 - 0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins the last time they stepped on the ice. The Coyotes had a below average offensive outing in the defeat. For this game, they netted 0 out of the 33 shots they put on goal. They also had 5 power play chances but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Arizona racked up 4 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Coyotes sat at 29 and the Corsi against was 32 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 47.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 22 and the Fenwick against was 23, which means they had a rate of 48.9%. They won 18 face-off wins at even strength and lost 15 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 68.2% and they had a PDO of 94.4 for this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Pittsburgh Penguins tallied a total of 26 shots. They had 10 penalty minutes and they earned 2 power play attempts.
The Blackhawks will be on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they have 12 victories and 12 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are currently ranked 11th in the West and 23rd in the league with -7. They have earned a total of 79 goals for the season which has them at 11th in the Western Conference. Chicago has a save % as a team of .917 which currently has them sitting 7th in the league, meaning they are difficult to score against. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.7% ranking them 11th in the Western Conference. In goal for Chicago is Corey Crawford who is having a marginal year by surrendering 2.89 goals against average and that has him ranked 21st among Western Conference goaltenders and 35th in the NHL among goalies. In the 934 mins he's played this season, he has given up 45 goals. He holds a save percentage of .912, which has him ranked 14th among Western Conference goaltenders and 23rd in the NHL among goalies.
The Chicago Blackhawks faced off against the New Jersey Devils in a matchup where the Blackhawks took home the win by a mark of 2 - 1. In this outing, Chicago wound up with a 53.1% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 51 and the other team having a Corsi of 45. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 53.8% by notching a Fenwick of 35 and the Devils having earned a 30 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Chicago played and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. Their PDO at even strength was 100.0 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 51.9%. The Blackhawks converted 2 goals of the 29 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play attempts in this outing and were able to convert 1 out of those chances. In discussing the opposition, the Devils had 4 power play opportunities and came through by scoring 1 goal. Chicago gave way to 30 shots on goal and the Devils earned a total of 9 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Arizona (-110)
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