St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 12/2/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: St. Louis Blues vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Monday, December 2, 2019
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (-133) Blackhawks (+120)
Robin Lehner and the Chicago Blackhawks (10-11-5, 7th in the Central Division) host the St. Louis Blues (17-5-6, 1st in the Central Division) at United Center on Monday, December 2, 2019. The Blues open this matchup at -133 while the Blackhawks are coming in at +120. The O/U has been set at 6. The Blues cover 60.7% of the time, having gone 17-11 SU. The Blackhawks cover 38.5% of the time, going 10-16 straight up.
The St. Louis Blues come into this matchup with a record of 17 wins and 5 defeats, putting them at 1st in the Central Division. So far this season, they have scored a total of 86 goals which has them ranked at 4th in the Western Conference and 12th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +14, putting them at 5th in the NHL. The Blues have compiled a total of 40 pts, which has them ranked at 3rd in the NHL and 1st in the conference. in respect to shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 826 which has them ranked at 10th in the conference and 20th in the NHL. As a team, St. Louis has earned a total of 434 hits which has them averaging 15.5 per contest. They have compiled a total of 250 blocks for the year. Looking after the net for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington from Richmond Hill, Ontario. He is 26 years old and has totaled 1,275 mins in goal for the campaign. Binnington is surrendering an average of 2.26 GAA which places him at 5th among Western Conference goalies and 7th in the NHL. For the season, he has surrendered 48 goals. He holds a save % of .926 which places him at 6th among Western Conference goalies.
The St. Louis Blues will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 5 - 2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in their last game. The Blues had a solid offensive outing in this win. In their game, they netted 5 of the 27 shots they tried. In addition, they had 3 power play opportunities and netted 1 goal out of those chances. St. Louis racked up 4 penalty mins while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Blues sat at 26 and the Corsi against was 36 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 41.9%. Their Fenwick sat at 19 and the Fenwick against sat at 29, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 39.6%. They took 13 face-off wins at even strength and lost 18 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 30.0% and they had a PDO of 117.1 for this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Pittsburgh Penguins earned a total of 31 shots. They finished with 6 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 2 power play chances.
The Blackhawks are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 10 wins and 11 defeats. in respect to goal differential, they are ranked 10th in the conference and 21st in the NHL with -4. They have compiled a total of 74 goals for this season which is 10th in the Western Conference. Chicago has a team save % of .917 which has them sitting 6th in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.2% which is good for 8th in the conference. In goal for Chicago is Robin Lehner who is having an ok year by allowing 2.69 GAA and that has him ranked 12th in the West and 20th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 758 minutes he has played this season, he's surrendered 34 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .929, which puts him at 4th in the West and 7th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Chicago Blackhawks opposed the Colorado Avalanche in an outing where the Blackhawks went home in defeat by a final of 7 - 3. In this game, Chicago wound up with a 50.0% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 27 and their opponent having a Corsi of 27. They had a Fenwick percentage of 38.5% by way of having a Fenwick of 15 and the Avalanche earning a 24 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Chicago played and you could say that they didn't play great, but weren't awful either. They had a PDO of 81.1 and their percentage of oZS was 70.8%. The Blackhawks converted 3 goals out of the 29 shots on goal they tried. They had 6 power play opportunities in this one and converted 1 out of those attempts. Concerning their opponent, the Avalanche had 4 power play attempts and took advantage of the situation by scoring 1 goal. Chicago gave way to 29 shots on goal and the Avalanche ended up with 17 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take St. Louis (-133)
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