Colorado Avalanche vs Chicago Blackhawks NHL Game Picks 11/29/2019
Game: Colorado Avalanche vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Friday, November 29, 2019
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Avalanche (+105) Blackhawks (-125)
Robin Lehner and the Chicago Blackhawks (10-9-5, 6th in the Central Division) play the Colorado Avalanche (14-8-2, 4th in the Central Division) at United Center on Friday, November 29, 2019. The Avalanche open this contest at +105 while the Blackhawks are priced at -125. The O/U opens at 79.5. The Avalanche cover 58.3% of the time, having gone 14-10 SU. Chicago covers 41.7% of the time, going 10-14 straight up.
The Colorado Avalanche head into this game holding a record of 14 wins and 8 defeats, which puts them at 4th in the Central Division. During the year thus far, they have earned a total of 85 goals which has them at 1st in the West and 6th in the league. Their goal differential is +15, which puts them at 4th in the league. The Avalanche currently have a total of 30 pts, which has them at 12th in the league and 6th in the conference. When it comes to shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 786 which has them at 8th in the conference and 16th in the league. As a group, Colorado has obtained a total of 304 hits which means they are averaging 12.7 per game. They currently have a total of 251 blocks for the year. The man in net for Colorado is Philipp Grubauer from Rosenheim, Germany. He is 28 years old and has been on the ice a total of 862 mins in goal for the season. Grubauer is giving up an average of 2.86 GAA which has him sitting 16th among Western Conference goalies and 27th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the season, he's allowed 41 goals. His save percentage is .912 which has him sitting 13th among Western Conference goalies.
The Colorado Avalanche were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 4 - 1 win over the Edmonton Oilers in their last contest. The Avalanche had a good offensive outing and it showed in this win. For this outing, they converted 4 of the 50 shots they put on net. Additionally, they had 5 power play chances but didn't get a goal. Colorado had 8 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Avalanche sat at 59 and the Corsi against was 34 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 63.4%. Their Fenwick sat at 47 and the Fenwick against sat at 24, which gave them a rate of 66.2%. They earned 22 face-off wins and lost 17 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 77.3% and they had a PDO at even strength of 104.0 for this game. When it comes to their opponent, the Edmonton Oilers tallied 20 shots. They had a total of 29 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 1 power play opportunity.
The Blackhawks will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the current year they sit with 10 victories and 9 defeats. With reference to goal differential, they are currently sitting 8th in the conference and 16th in the NHL with +3. They have earned a total of 69 goals for the year which has them ranked at 13th in the West. Chicago has a team save % of .925 which has them 3rd in the NHL, meaning scoring chances may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.3% ranking them 8th in the conference. In net for Chicago is Robin Lehner who is having an average campaign by allowing 2.38 goals per contest and that has him ranked 6th among Western Conference goalies and 8th in the NHL. In the 733 mins he's played this year, he's surrendered 29 goals. He holds a save % of .938, which has him ranked 1st among Western Conference goalies and 1st in the NHL.
The Chicago Blackhawks faced the Dallas Stars in a game where the Blackhawks took home the win by a score of 3 - 0. In this matchup, Chicago wound up with a 53.7% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 44 while the opposition had a Corsi of 38. Their Fenwick rate came in at 54.2% by earning a Fenwick of 32 and the Stars finishing with a 27 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Chicago had and it shows us they played like an average team. They had a PDO at even strength of 107.1 and they had an oZS percentage of 52.8%. The Blackhawks notched 3 goals out of the 38 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 1 power play attempt in this one and scored 1 on that opportunity. In discussing the opposition, the Stars had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Chicago gave way to 32 shots on goal and the Stars racked up 2 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago (-125)
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