Chicago Blackhawks vs Carolina Hurricanes NHL Game Picks 10/26/2019
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks (2-4-2, 6th in the Central Division) travel to PNC Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Carolina Hurricanes (6-3-1, 2nd in the Metropolitan Division). The Hurricanes open this contest at -175 while the Blackhawks are coming in at +158. The total opens at 6.5. The Blackhawks are covering 25.0% of the time, having gone 2-6 SU. Carolina is covering 55.6% of the time, going 5-4 straight up.
The Chicago Blackhawks head into this game holding a record of 2 victories and 4 losses, which is good for 6th in the Central Division. So far this year, they have earned a total of 20 goals which has them ranked at 15th in the conference and 30th in the league. Their goal differential is -5, which is good for 22nd in the league. The Blackhawks currently have a total of 6 points, which has them ranked at 30th in the league and 15th in the West. Regarding shots on goal, they currently have a total of 258 which has them ranked at 15th in the West and 28th in the league. As a unit, Chicago currently has a total of 197 hits which means they are averaging 24.6 per game. They currently have a total of 82 blocks for the season. In net for Chicago is Corey Crawford from Montreal, Quebec. He is 35 years old and has totaled 234 mins minding the net for the season. Crawford is conceding 3.58 goals per contest which has him ranking 19th in the Western Conference and 40th in the NHL. During this year, he has allowed 14 goals. He holds a save percentage of .891 which has him ranking 19th in the Western Conference.
The Chicago Blackhawks will look to clean up some issues after taking a 4 - 1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in their last game. The Blackhawks left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in the loss. In this game, they earned a goal on 1 out of the 24 shots they attempted. Moreover, they had 4 power play opportunities but weren't able to score. Chicago racked up 4 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Blackhawks sat at 41 and the Corsi against was 26 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 61.2%. Their Fenwick was 27 while the Fenwick against was 19, giving them a rate of 58.7%. They earned 11 face-off wins at even strength and lost 25 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 63.4% and they had a PDO of 78.3 for this game. Regarding their opponent, the Philadelphia Flyers put up 23 shots. They had 8 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 2 power play opportunities.
The Hurricanes will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the current year they have 6 wins and 3 losses. in respect to goal differential, they are ranked 6th in the Eastern Conference and 12th in the NHL with +3. They currently have a total of 32 goals for the year which has them at 7th in the East. Carolina has a team save percentage of .900 which currently has them ranked 18th in the NHL, meaning scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.7% ranking them 9th in the East. In goal for Carolina is Petr Mrazek who is having an average year by allowing 2.86 goals against average and that places him 13th in the East and 28th in the NHL. In the 336 mins he's been on the ice, he has allowed 16 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .888, which ranks him 22nd in the East and 41st in the NHL.
The Carolina Hurricanes opposed the Columbus Blue Jackets in a game where the Hurricanes went home in defeat by a final score of 4 - 3. For this game, Carolina went home with a 55.1% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 38 while the opposition had a Corsi of 31. Their Fenwick rate was 53.3% with a Fenwick of 24 and the Blue Jackets finishing with a 21 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Carolina played and it shows us they played like an average team. Their PDO at even strength was 91.7 and they had an oZS percentage of 36.4%. The Hurricanes converted 3 goals of the 24 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 power play chances in this one but didn't score a goal. As for their opponent, the Blue Jackets had 2 power play attempts but were not able to use the chance to their advantage. Carolina gave up 31 shots on goal and the Blue Jackets had a total of 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Carolina (-175)
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