Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 12/10/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+180) Golden Knights (-200)
Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks (12-12-6, 7th in the Central Division) are headed to T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday where they'll take on the Vegas Golden Knights (15-12-5, 3rd in the Pacific Division). The Golden Knights open this game at -200 while the Blackhawks are priced at +180. The O/U opens at 6.5. The Blackhawks are covering 37.9% of the time, having gone 11-18 SU. The Golden Knights are covering 41.4% of the time, going 12-17 straight up.
The Chicago Blackhawks head into this game holding a record of 12 wins and 12 defeats, putting them at 7th in the Central Division. During the year thus far, they have racked up a total of 82 goals which ranks them 11th in the West and 22nd in the league. Their goal differential is -7, putting them at 22nd in the league. The Blackhawks have a total of 30 points, which ranks them 25th in the league and 13th in the conference. When talking about shots toward the net, they have a total of 935 which ranks them 9th in the conference and 19th in the league. As a team, Chicago currently has a total of 597 hits which means they are averaging 19.9 per game. They have a total of 299 blocks for this year. Looking after the net for Chicago is Corey Crawford from Montreal, Quebec. He is 35 years old and has played 934 minutes in goal for the campaign. Crawford is surrendering an average of 2.89 goals per game which ranks him 16th among Western Conference goaltenders and 30th in the NHL. So far this year, he's allowed 45 goals. He holds a save % of .912 which ranks him 14th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Chicago Blackhawks will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 4 - 3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes in their last game. The Blackhawks played like an average offensive team in the defeat. For this game, they finished 3 out of the 29 shots they put on goal. They also had 2 power play opportunities and were able to score 1 goal out of those attempts. Chicago racked up a total of 27 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Blackhawks was 36 and the Corsi against was 35 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 50.7%. Their Fenwick was 26 and the Fenwick against was 27, meaning they had a rate of 49.1%. They earned 20 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 18 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 42.3% and they had a PDO at even strength of 105.8 in this game. Regarding their opponent, the Arizona Coyotes earned a total of 47 shots. They had 9 penalty minutes and they notched 6 power play chances.
The Golden Knights will be the team across the ice and for the season they have 15 victories and 12 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are ranked 9th in the conference and 20th in the league with -3. They have compiled a total of 90 goals for this season which puts them at 6th in the West. Vegas has a save % as a team of .908 which has them 13th in the league, which tells us there should be some chances to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.4% ranking them 13th in the conference. In net for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury who is having a marginal season by giving up 2.54 goals per contest and that has him 9th in the Western Conference and 16th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,159 mins he's been on the ice, he has allowed 49 goals. He holds a save % of .919, which has him placed 10th in the Western Conference and 16th in the NHL among goalies.
The Vegas Golden Knights squared up with the New York Rangers in an outing where the Golden Knights took the loss by a final score of 5 - 0. For this matchup, Vegas wound up with a 65.8% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 48 and their opponent having a Corsi of 25. Their Fenwick percentage was 61.5% with a Fenwick of 32 and the Rangers earning a 20 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Vegas had and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. Their PDO was 80.0 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 52.0%. The Golden Knights notched 0 goals of the 38 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play chances in this outing but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. As for the opposition, the Rangers had 5 power play opportunities and came through by scoring 2 goals. Vegas conceded 25 shots on goal and the Rangers racked up a total of 13 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago (+180)
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