New Jersey Devils vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 12/23/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Monday, December 23, 2019
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+147) Blackhawks (-163)
United Center is the site where Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks (15-16-6, 7th in the Central Division) will take on the New Jersey Devils (11-19-5, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) on Monday. The moneyline on this contest has the Devils priced at +147 and the Blackhawks are at -163. The over/under has been set at 6. The Devils cover 29.4% of the time, having gone 10-24 SU. Chicago covers 38.9% of the time, going 14-22 straight up.
The New Jersey Devils step onto the ice holding a record of 11 victories and 19 defeats, which puts them at 8th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 83 goals which ranks 15th in the conference and 30th in the league. Their goal differential is -40, which puts them at 30th in the league. The Devils have a total of 27 points, which ranks 30th in the league and 15th in the conference. With regard to shots on goal, they have a total of 1,064 which ranks 13th in the Eastern Conference and 27th in the league. As a group, New Jersey currently has a total of 638 hits which has them averaging 18.2 per contest. They have a total of 412 blocks for the season. The man in net for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 23 years old and has played a total of 1,457 minutes in net for the season. Blackwood is conceding 2.88 GAA which ranks him 16th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 30th among goaltenders in the NHL. So far this season, he's given up 70 goals. He has a save percentage of .906 which ranks him 18th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The New Jersey Devils had a rough game after their 5 - 1 loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets in their last game. The Devils had a below average offensive performance in this defeat. For this outing, they finished 1 out of the 22 shots they tried. They also had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to score. New Jersey earned a total of 14 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Devils was 30 and the Corsi against was 44 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 40.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 22 and the Fenwick against sat at 37, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 37.3%. They won 17 face-off wins at even strength and lost 26 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 44.8% and they had a PDO of 96.6 in this game. When it comes to their opponent, the Columbus Blue Jackets earned a total of 40 shots. They ended the game with 10 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 5 power play opportunities.
The Blackhawks will be the team across the ice and for the campaign they sit with 15 victories and 16 losses. With regard to goal differential, they are currently ranked 11th in the West and 24th in the league with -11. They have compiled a total of 103 goals for this season which has them sitting at 9th in the Western Conference. Chicago has a save % as a team of .914 which has them sitting 8th in the league, meaning they are a tough group to score against. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.0% ranking them 9th in the West. In goal for Chicago is Corey Crawford who is having a tough campaign by allowing 3.08 goals against average and that has him 25th among West goalies and 46th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,112 mins he has played this season, he has given up 57 goals. He's earned a save % of .909, which has him placed 18th among West goalies and 33rd in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Chicago Blackhawks squared up with the Colorado Avalanche in an outing where the Blackhawks earned a victory by a mark of 5 - 3. In this matchup, Chicago wound up with a 49.5% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 47 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 48. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 48.4% by notching a Fenwick of 31 and the Avalanche having a 33 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Chicago had and they looked good in this game. They had a PDO at even strength of 108.9 and their percentage of oZS was 54.5%. The Blackhawks netted 5 goals of the 32 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play chances in this game but weren't able to score a goal. Concerning their opponent, the Avalanche had 3 power play chances but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Chicago allowed 31 shots on goal and the Avalanche ended up with 11 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Chicago (-163)
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