Chicago Blackhawks vs. Winnipeg Jets - 12/19/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Winnipeg Jets
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019
Location: Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, MB
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+158) Jets (-175)
Connor Hellebuyck and the Winnipeg Jets (20-12-2, 3rd in the Central Division) host the Chicago Blackhawks (13-16-6, 7th in the Central Division) at Bell MTS Place on Thursday, December 19, 2019. The Blackhawks open this matchup at +158 while the Jets are coming in at -175. The O/U has been set at 6.5. The Blackhawks cover 36.4% of the time, having gone 12-21 SU. Winnipeg is covering 58.1% of the time, going 18-13 straight up.
The Chicago Blackhawks come into this matchup holding a record of 13 victories and 16 defeats, putting them at 7th in the Central Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 94 goals which has them sitting at 11th in the West and 23rd in the league. Their goal differential is -16, putting them at 25th in the league. The Blackhawks have a total of 32 points, which has them sitting at 27th in the league and 14th in the West. With reference to shots on goal, they have a total of 1,075 which has them sitting at 11th in the West and 21st in the league. As a unit, Chicago has earned a total of 806 hits which has them averaging 23 per game. They have a total of 439 blocks for this season. Protecting the goal for Chicago is Corey Crawford from Montreal, Quebec. He is 35 years old and has played 1,052 minutes minding the net for the season. Crawford is allowing an average of 3.08 goals per contest which has him ranked 27th among West goaltenders and 51st in the NHL among goaltenders. Over the course of this year, he has surrendered 54 goals. He holds a save % of .908 which has him ranked 19th among West goaltenders.
The Chicago Blackhawks had a good night with a 5 - 3 win over the Minnesota Wild the last time they stepped on the ice. The Blackhawks had a solid offensive output and it showed in this victory. In their game, they scored on 5 of the 27 shots they put on net. They also had 2 power play chances and scored 1 goal out of those opportunities. Chicago ended up with 4 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Corsi for the Blackhawks sat at 45 and the Corsi against was 56 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 44.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 27 and the Fenwick against sat at 39, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 40.9%. They earned 32 face-off wins and lost 21 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 40.8% and they had a PDO of 108.7 in this one. When it comes to their opponent, the Minnesota Wild tallied 26 shots. They had 6 minutes in the box and they notched 1 power play opportunity.
The Jets will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the year they have 20 wins and 12 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they currently sit 6th in the West and 14th in the NHL with +6. They currently have a total of 102 goals for the year which ranks them 8th in the conference. Winnipeg has a team save % of .913 which currently has them sitting 7th in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a shooting percentage of 9.6% putting them at 6th in the conference. In goal for Winnipeg is Connor Hellebuyck who is having an average campaign by allowing 2.48 goals per contest and that ranks him 7th among West goalies and 16th in the NHL. In the 1,526 mins he's played this year, he's allowed 63 goals. He holds a save percentage of .926, which has him ranking 5th among West goalies and 8th in the NHL.
The Winnipeg Jets played the Carolina Hurricanes in a game where the Jets ended up losing by a score of 6 - 3. In this game, Winnipeg had a 45.8% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 44 while the opposition had a Corsi of 52. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 50.7% by earning a Fenwick of 35 and the Hurricanes having earned a 34 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Winnipeg played and it tells us they had an average game overall. Their PDO at even strength was 87.8 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 63.4%. The Jets notched 3 goals of the 33 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play attempts in this one and were able to notch 1 out of those attempts. As for the opposition, the Hurricanes had 2 power play chances and took advantage of the situation by scoring 2 goals. Winnipeg gave way to 28 shots on goal and the Hurricanes earned a total of 4 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Winnipeg (-175)
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