Chicago Blackhawks vs. New Jersey Devils - 12/6/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Friday, December 6, 2019
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+127) Devils (-140)
Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks (10-12-5, 7th in the Central Division) head to Prudential Center on Friday where they'll take on the New Jersey Devils (9-14-4, 8th in the Metropolitan Division). The Devils open this game at -140 while the Blackhawks are priced at +127. The over/under opens at 6.5. The Blackhawks are covering 37.0% of the time, having gone 10-17 SU. New Jersey covers 30.8% of the time, going 8-18 straight up.
The Chicago Blackhawks come into this matchup holding a record of 10 wins and 12 losses, putting them at 7th in the Central Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 74 goals which ranks them 13th in the conference and 26th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -8, putting them at 23rd in the NHL. The Blackhawks currently have a total of 25 points, which ranks them 28th in the NHL and 14th in the Western Conference. When talking about shots on goal, they currently have a total of 846 which ranks them 12th in the conference and 24th in the NHL. As a group, Chicago has obtained a total of 555 hits which means they are averaging 20.6 per game. They currently have a total of 264 blocks for this year. Protecting the goal for Chicago is Corey Crawford from Montreal, Quebec. He is 35 years old and has played 869 minutes defending the goal this season. Crawford is allowing 3.04 goals against average which has him ranking 22nd among West goaltenders and 37th among goalies in the NHL. During this season, he's surrendered 44 goals. He has a save % of .909 which has him ranking 17th among West goaltenders.
The Chicago Blackhawks will look for better times on the ice after their 4 - 0 defeat against the St. Louis Blues in their last contest. The Blackhawks offense left a lot to be desired in this loss. In this matchup, they converted 0 out of the 38 shots they put on goal. In addition, they had 2 power play chances but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Chicago racked up a total of 4 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Blackhawks was 40 and the Corsi against was 35 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 53.3%. Their Fenwick sat at 34 and the Fenwick against was 25, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 57.6%. They took 19 face-off wins at even strength and lost 26 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 57.1% and they had a PDO of 85.7 in this game. Regarding their opponent, the St. Louis Blues earned a total of 30 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 4 penalty mins and they earned 2 power play chances.
The Devils will be the team across the ice and for the season they have 9 wins and 14 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are currently ranked 15th in the conference and 30th in the league with -30. They have a total of 68 goals for the year which has them ranked at 15th in the East. New Jersey has a save % as a team of .881 which has them ranked 29th in the league, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a shooting percentage of 8.1% putting them at 14th in the conference. In net for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood who is having a tough campaign by surrendering 3.17 goals against average and that has him ranked 19th among East goalies and 43rd in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,136 mins he has played, he has allowed 60 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .896, which has him placed 21st among East goalies and 42nd in the NHL among goaltenders.
The New Jersey Devils opposed the Vegas Golden Knights in a game where the Devils went home in defeat by a final score of 4 - 3. While out there on the ice, New Jersey wound up with a 55.6% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 45 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 36. Their Fenwick percentage was 59.6% by earning a Fenwick of 34 and the Golden Knights having earned a 23 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that New Jersey played and it tells us they had an average game overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 91.0 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 68.2%. The Devils notched 3 goals out of the 35 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play chances in this game but weren't able to notch a goal. In discussing the opposition, the Golden Knights had 3 power play opportunities and were able to tally 1 goal. New Jersey gave way to 30 shots on goal and the Golden Knights earned a total of 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago (+127)
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