Chicago Blackhawks vs Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Point Spread Picks 11/9/2019
Saturday, November 9, 2019
PPG Paints Arena
Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins (9-6-1, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) host the Chicago Blackhawks (5-7-3, 6th in the Central Division) at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday, November 9, 2019. The odds on this contest have the Blackhawks coming in at +188 and the Penguins are at -210. The total has been set at 6.5. The Blackhawks are covering 33.3% of the time, having gone 5-10 SU. The Penguins are covering 56.3% of the time, going 9-7 straight up.
The Chicago Blackhawks step onto the ice with a record of 5 victories and 7 defeats, putting them at 6th in the Central Division. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 38 goals which has them at 15th in the West and 30th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -7, putting them at 23rd in the NHL. The Blackhawks have compiled a total of 13 points, which has them at 25th in the NHL and 12th in the West. In connection with shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 458 which has them at 15th in the West and 26th in the NHL. As a unit, Chicago currently has a total of 313 hits which means they are averaging 20.9 per game. They have compiled a total of 145 blocks for the season. The man looking after the goal for is Robin Lehner from Ostrava, Czechoslovakia. He is 28 years old and has racked up 490 mins in net this season. is giving up 2.33 goals against average which ranks him 5th among West goalies and 8th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this season, he's allowed 19 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .935 which ranks him 2nd among West goalies.
The Chicago Blackhawks had a good night with a 5 - 2 win over the Vancouver Canucks in their last contest. The Blackhawks had a impressive offensive output in the win. In this matchup, they earned a goal on 5 out of the 37 shots they put on net. They also had 6 power play attempts and scored 2 goals out of those chances. Chicago ended up with 8 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Blackhawks sat at 37 and the Corsi against was 33 giving them a Corsi percentage of 52.9%. Their Fenwick sat at 30 while the Fenwick against at even strength was 32, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 48.4%. They earned 16 face-off wins and lost 26 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 63.4% and they had a PDO of 104.4 for this one. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Vancouver Canucks tallied 38 shots. They had 12 penalty mins and they notched 4 power play chances.
The Penguins will be the team across the ice and for the season they have 9 victories and 6 losses. When discussing goal differential, they are ranked 3rd in the East and 4th in the league with +13. They have earned a total of 55 goals for the year which has them sitting at 5th in the conference. Pittsburgh has a team save percentage of .910 which has them sitting 13th in the league, meaning scoring chances could present themselves. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.9% which puts them at 9th in the East. In goal for Pittsburgh is Matt Murray who is having an average year by surrendering 2.40 goals against average and that ranks him 5th among Eastern Conference goalies and 10th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 751 mins he has been on the ice this year, he's surrendered 30 goals. He holds a save percentage of .914, which has him ranked 10th among Eastern Conference goalies and 23rd among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Pittsburgh Penguins played the New York Islanders in a matchup where the Penguins earned a victory by a final of 4 - 3. In this game, Pittsburgh wound up with a 65.3% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 64 while their opponent had a Corsi of 34. Their Fenwick rate came in at 67.1% by way of having a Fenwick of 49 and the Islanders finishing with a 24 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Pittsburgh had and we'd say they played well overall. They had a PDO of 100.0 and their percentage of oZS was 45.2%. The Penguins notched 4 goals out of the 39 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play chances in this game but didn't put one in the back of the net. As for their opponent, the Islanders had 1 power play attempt but didn't tally a goal. Pittsburgh gave up 23 shots on goal and the Islanders ended up with 4 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago (+188)
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