Los Angeles Kings vs Chicago Blackhawks NHL Picks & Predictions 10/27/2019
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks (2-4-2, 6th in the Central Division) play the Los Angeles Kings (4-6-0, 8th in the Pacific Division) at United Center on Sunday, October 27, 2019. The odds on this matchup have the Kings coming in at +122 and the Blackhawks are at -135. The total opens at 6. The Kings cover 40.0% of the time, having gone 4-6 SU. The Blackhawks cover 25.0% of the time, going 2-6 straight up.
The Los Angeles Kings step onto the ice holding a record of 4 wins and 6 losses, which is good for 8th in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 29 goals which has them at 10th in the Western Conference and 18th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -10, which is good for 28th in the NHL. The Kings have earned a total of 8 points, which has them at 25th in the NHL and 13th in the Western Conference. Regarding shots toward the net, they have earned a total of 377 which has them at 2nd in the West and 4th in the NHL. As a unit, Los Angeles has obtained a total of 154 hits which means they have an average of 15.4 per contest. They have earned a total of 117 blocks for this season. The goalie for Los Angeles is Jonathan Quick from Milford, Connecticut. He is 34 years old and has totaled 355 minutes defending the goal this season. Quick is conceding an average of 4.39 goals per game which ranks him 22nd among Western Conference goaltenders and 48th among goalies in the NHL. For the season, he has allowed 26 goals. He has a save % of .854 which ranks him 22nd among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Los Angeles Kings will look to clean up some issues after taking a 5 - 2 loss against the St. Louis Blues the last time they stepped on the ice. The Kings didn't have their best offensive outing in the loss. In this outing, they scored on 2 out of the 35 shots they looked to score on. Furthermore, they had 3 power play chances but weren't able to score a goal. Los Angeles had a total of 13 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Kings was 31 and the Corsi against was 47 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 39.7%. Their Fenwick was 29 while the Fenwick against sat at 32, meaning they had a rate of 47.5%. They won 17 face-off wins at even strength and lost 14 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 30.5% and they had a PDO of 98.5 for this one. In terms of their opponent's stats, the St. Louis Blues put up 35 shots. They finished with a total of 11 minutes in the box and they had 4 power play opportunities.
The Blackhawks will be the team across the ice and for the campaign they sit with 2 victories and 4 defeats. When looking at goal differential, they currently sit 10th in the Western Conference and 22nd in the NHL with -5. They currently have a total of 20 goals for this season which is good for 15th in the conference. Chicago has a save percentage as a team of .903 which has them sitting 15th in the NHL, meaning scoring chances could present themselves. They have a shooting percentage of 7.8% ranking them 12th in the Western Conference. In net for Chicago is Corey Crawford who is having a bad year by giving up 3.58 goals against average and that has him ranked 19th among West goaltenders and 40th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 234 minutes he's been on the ice this year, he has allowed 14 goals. He has a save % of .891, which has him ranked 19th among West goaltenders and 38th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Chicago Blackhawks played the Philadelphia Flyers in an outing where the Blackhawks took the loss by a final of 4 - 1. While out there on the ice, Chicago wound up with a 61.2% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 41 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 26. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 58.7% by notching a Fenwick of 27 and the Flyers earning a 19 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Chicago had and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. They had a PDO of 78.3 and their oZS percentage was 63.4%. The Blackhawks notched 1 goal of the 24 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 4 power play opportunities in this outing but didn't put one in the back of the net. On the other side of the ice, the Flyers had 2 power play chances but were not able to score a goal. Chicago gave up 23 shots on goal and the Flyers had a total of 8 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+122)
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