Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 12/15/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (-106) Blackhawks (-104)
United Center is the site where Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks (12-14-6, 7th in the Central Division) will take on the Minnesota Wild (15-12-5, 5th in the Central Division) on Sunday. The Wild open this contest at -106 while the Blackhawks are priced at -104. The O/U opens at 5.5. The Wild are covering 45.2% of the time, having gone 14-17 SU. Chicago is covering 35.5% of the time, going 11-20 straight up.
The Minnesota Wild head into this game holding a record of 15 wins and 12 losses, which puts them at 5th in the Central Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 97 goals which puts them at 7th in the Western Conference and 17th in the league. Their goal differential is -8, which puts them at 22nd in the league. The Wild currently have a total of 35 points, which puts them at 21st in the league and 10th in the conference. In the matter of shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 914 which puts them at 15th in the Western Conference and 29th in the league. As a group, Minnesota has obtained a total of 515 hits which means they are averaging 16.1 per game. They currently have a total of 369 blocks for the year. In goal for Minnesota is Alex Stalock from St. Paul, Minnesota. He is 32 years old and has played 928 minutes defending the goal for the season. Khudobin is conceding 2.91 goals per contest which has him ranked 17th among West goaltenders and 36th among goalies in the NHL. During this year, he has given up 45 goals. His save % is .906 which has him ranked 21st among West goaltenders.
The Minnesota Wild will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 6 - 5 win over the Edmonton Oilers in their last game. The Wild had a solid offensive output in the win. For this matchup, they finished 6 out of the 26 shots they put on net. They also had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to score. Minnesota had a total of 9 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Corsi for the Wild was 52 and the Corsi against was 56 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 48.1%. Their Fenwick was 41 while the Fenwick against at even strength sat at 43, meaning they had a rate of 48.8%. They won 32 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 32 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 37.3% and they had a PDO of 111.5 for this game. When it comes to their opponent, the Edmonton Oilers earned 33 shots. They finished with a total of 7 penalty mins and they earned 2 power play chances.
The Blackhawks will be the team across the ice and for the campaign they sit with 12 wins and 14 losses. When discussing goal differential, they sit 13th in the Western Conference and 26th in the league with -14. They have earned a total of 85 goals for this season which puts them at 13th in the Western Conference. Chicago has a save % as a team of .915 which currently has them sitting 8th in the league, meaning they are difficult to score against. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.6% which is good for 11th in the conference. In net for Chicago is Corey Crawford who is having a rough season by surrendering 3.02 goals against average and that has him ranked 23rd among West goaltenders and 45th in the NHL. In the 994 mins he's played, he's allowed 50 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .909, which places him at 18th among West goaltenders and 35th in the NHL.
The Chicago Blackhawks faced the Arizona Coyotes in an outing where the Blackhawks ended up taking the loss by a tally of 5 - 2. In their game, Chicago wound up with a 49.5% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 49 and the other team having a Corsi of 50. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 50.6% by notching a Fenwick of 40 and the Coyotes earning a 39 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Chicago had and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. Their PDO at even strength was 86.0 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 64.0%. The Blackhawks netted 2 goals of the 30 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play attempts in this one and netted 1 out of those attempts. Regarding the opposition, the Coyotes had 4 power play chances but were not able to take advantage. Chicago conceded 40 shots on goal and the Coyotes racked up 6 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota (-106)
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