Chicago Blackhawks vs. Arizona Coyotes - 12/12/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Arizona Coyotes
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
Location: Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+142) Coyotes (-157)
Gila River Arena is the venue where Darcy Kuemper and the Arizona Coyotes (18-11-4, 2nd in the Pacific Division) will play the Chicago Blackhawks (12-13-6, 7th in the Central Division) on Thursday. The Blackhawks open this matchup at +142 while the Coyotes are priced at -157. The over/under has been set at 5.5. The Blackhawks cover 36.7% of the time, having gone 11-19 SU. Arizona covers 46.4% of the time, going 13-15 straight up.
The Chicago Blackhawks head into this game holding a record of 12 victories and 13 defeats, which is good for 7th in the Central Division. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 83 goals which has them sitting at 13th in the Western Conference and 26th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -11, which is good for 25th in the NHL. The Blackhawks have compiled a total of 30 pts, which has them sitting at 25th in the NHL and 13th in the conference. Regarding shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 964 which has them sitting at 9th in the West and 19th in the NHL. As a team, Chicago has a total of 615 hits which means they have an average of 19.8 per contest. They have compiled a total of 307 blocks for the season. The goalie for Chicago is Corey Crawford from Montreal, Quebec. He is 35 years old and has played 994 mins defending the goal for the season. Crawford is surrendering an average of 3.02 goals per contest which ranks him 22nd among West goalies and 40th in the NHL. For the season, he has surrendered 50 goals. His save percentage is .909 which ranks him 15th among West goalies.
The Chicago Blackhawks will need a bounce back game after taking a 5 - 1 defeat against the Vegas Golden Knights in their previous contest. The Blackhawks didn't have a great showing offensively in the defeat. In this game, they netted 1 of the 29 shots they attempted. They also had 4 power play opportunities and notched 1 goal out of those attempts. Chicago ended up with 4 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Blackhawks was 43 and the Corsi against was 36 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 54.4%. Their Fenwick was 32 and the Fenwick against was 28, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 53.3%. They won 28 face-off wins and were beaten on 27 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 58.2% and they had a PDO at even strength of 87.0 in this game. Regarding their opponent, the Vegas Golden Knights earned a total of 37 shots. They ended the game with 8 minutes in the box and they notched 2 power play chances.
The Coyotes will be on the other side of the ice and for the year they sit with 18 wins and 11 defeats. In terms of goal differential, they are currently sitting 5th in the conference and 12th in the NHL with +8. They currently have a total of 86 goals for the season which ranks 11th in the conference. Arizona has a team save percentage of .926 which has them 1st in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a shooting percentage of 8.5% ranking them 13th in the Western Conference. In net for Arizona is Darcy Kuemper who is playing well this season by surrendering only 1.96 goals per contest and that has him 1st in the West and 2nd in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,283 minutes he has been on the ice this season, he's given up 42 goals. He holds a save % of .935, which has him ranking 1st in the West and 1st in the NHL among goalies.
The Arizona Coyotes opposed the Calgary Flames in a game where the Coyotes took the loss by a mark of 5 - 2. For this game, Arizona went home with a 65.3% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 62 while the opposition had a Corsi of 33. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 64.9% by way of having a Fenwick of 50 and the Flames finishing with a 27 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Arizona played and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. They had a PDO at even strength of 82.6 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 66.4%. The Coyotes scored 2 goals out of the 48 shots on goal they attempted. They had 1 power play opportunity in this outing and were able to convert a goal on that chance. In discussing their opponent, the Flames had 3 power play opportunities and took advantage of the situation by scoring 1 goal. Arizona allowed 29 shots on goal and the Flames racked up 4 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Arizona (-157)
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