Chicago Blackhawks vs Los Angeles Kings NHL Tips 11/2/2019
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks (3-6-2, 7th in the Central Division) head to Staples Center on Saturday where they'll take on the Los Angeles Kings (4-9-0, 8th in the Pacific Division). The odds on this game have the Blackhawks coming in at +108 and the Kings are at -119. The O/U opens at 6. The Blackhawks are covering 27.3% of the time, having gone 3-8 SU. The Kings are covering 30.8% of the time, going 4-9 straight up.
The Chicago Blackhawks step onto the ice holding a record of 3 victories and 6 defeats, ranking them 7th in the Central Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 25 goals which has them sitting at 15th in the Western Conference and 31st in the NHL. Their goal differential is -8, ranking them 24th in the NHL. The Blackhawks have earned a total of 8 points, which has them sitting at 28th in the NHL and 14th in the Western Conference. When discussing shots toward the net, they have earned a total of 336 which has them sitting at 15th in the Western Conference and 28th in the NHL. As a unit, Chicago currently has a total of 261 hits which means they have an average of 23.7 per contest. They have earned a total of 115 blocks for the season. In net for Chicago is Corey Crawford from Montreal, Quebec. He is 35 years old and has been on the ice a total of 294 minutes protecting the net for the campaign. Crawford is allowing an average of 3.67 GAA which puts him at 20th in the Western Conference and 42nd among goalies in the NHL. During this year, he has allowed 18 goals. He holds a save percentage of .888 which puts him at 18th in the Western Conference.
The Chicago Blackhawks will look to clean up some issues after taking a 3 - 0 defeat against the Nashville Predators in their last contest. The Blackhawks had an offensive game that was below their expectations in the defeat. In this outing, they netted 0 out of the 20 shots they put on net. Furthermore, they had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to score a goal. Chicago had 10 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Blackhawks was 29 and the Corsi against was 58 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 33.3%. Their Fenwick sat at 24 and the Fenwick against at even strength was 43, which means they had a rate of 35.8%. They won 22 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 25 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 37.9% and they had a PDO of 90.9 for this one. Regarding their opponent, the Nashville Predators put up 51 shots. They had a total of 6 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 5 power play chances.
The Kings are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they have 4 wins and 9 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are ranked 15th in the Western Conference and 31st in the league with -20. They have compiled a total of 34 goals for the season which has them at 10th in the conference. Los Angeles has a save percentage as a team of .861 which is good for 30th in the league, which means scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 7.2% putting them at 15th in the conference. In net for Los Angeles is Jonathan Quick who is having a tough year by giving up 4.55 goals per contest and that has him 24th among Western Conference goaltenders and 50th among goalies in the NHL. In the 475 minutes he has played this year, he has surrendered 36 goals. His save percentage is .858, which has him ranking 22nd among Western Conference goaltenders and 48th among goalies in the NHL.
The Los Angeles Kings went up against the Vancouver Canucks in a matchup where the Kings ended up losing by a final of 5 - 3. While out there on the ice, Los Angeles had a 40.6% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 28 while the opposition had a Corsi of 41. Their Fenwick rate came in at 34.6% by earning a Fenwick of 18 and the Canucks having a 34 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Los Angeles had and it tells us they had an average game overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 110.1 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 50.0%. The Kings notched 3 goals out of the 24 shots on goal they pursued. They had 6 power play attempts in this one and were able to convert 1 out of those tries. In discussing the opposition, the Canucks had 6 power play opportunities and used that advantage to score 4 goals. Los Angeles gave way to 49 shots on goal and the Canucks racked up a total of 17 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-119)
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