Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 1/5/20 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Detroit Red Wings vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Sunday, January 5, 2020
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Red Wings (+170) Blackhawks (-200)
Jonathan Bernier and the Detroit Red Wings (10-29-3, 8th in the Atlantic Division) head to United Center on Sunday where they'll take on the Chicago Blackhawks (18-18-6, 7th in the Central Division). The Red Wings open this contest at +170 while the Blackhawks are priced at -200. The total is set at 6.5. The Red Wings cover 23.8% of the time, having gone 10-32 SU. The Blackhawks cover 40.0% of the time, going 16-24 straight up.
The Detroit Red Wings head into this game holding a record of 10 victories and 29 defeats, putting them at 8th in the Atlantic Division. So far this year, they have earned a total of 90 goals which is 16th in the conference and 31st in the NHL. Their goal differential is -70, putting them at 31st in the NHL. The Red Wings have compiled a total of 23 points, which is 31st in the NHL and 16th in the East. In terms of shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 1,184 which is 15th in the East and 29th in the NHL. As a team, Detroit has compiled a total of 849 hits which means they are averaging 20.2 per game. They have compiled a total of 469 blocks for this year. Protecting the net for Detroit is Jonathan Bernier from Pori, Finland. He is 31 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,419 mins in goal for the season. Bernier is conceding an average of 3.04 goals against average which has him ranked 20th among Eastern Conference goalies and 41st among goaltenders in the NHL. For the year, he's surrendered 72 goals. He holds a save percentage of .904 which has him ranked 20th among Eastern Conference goalies.
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The Detroit Red Wings were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 4 - 1 loss against the Dallas Stars their last time out. The Red Wings left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in this loss. In this matchup, they scored on 1 out of the 23 shots they put on net. Additionally, they had 5 power play attempts but weren't able to score. Detroit racked up 8 penalty minutes for this outing. The Corsi for the Red Wings sat at 39 and the Corsi against was 34 giving them a Corsi percentage of 53.4%. Their Fenwick was 26 while the Fenwick against at even strength was 22, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 54.2%. They won 19 face-off wins and lost 20 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 57.1% and they had a PDO of 99.7 in this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Dallas Stars earned a total of 27 shots. They had 10 penalty minutes and they had 4 power play chances.
The Blackhawks will be on the other side of the ice and for the year they have 18 wins and 18 defeats. When it comes to goal differential, they are sitting 11th in the conference and 24th in the NHL with -14. They currently have a total of 121 goals for this season which has them at 9th in the West. Chicago has a save % as a team of .911 which currently has them sitting 6th in the NHL, meaning chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.3% which puts them at 8th in the conference. In net for Chicago is Robin Lehner who is having a tough campaign by allowing 2.92 GAA and that has him 18th among Western Conference goalies and 34th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,397 mins he has played this season, he's given up 68 goals. He has a save % of .922, which has him ranking 6th among Western Conference goalies and 10th among goaltenders in the NHL.
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The Chicago Blackhawks went up against the Vancouver Canucks in a matchup where the Blackhawks took the loss by a final of 7 - 5. For this outing, Chicago wound up with a 46.5% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 47 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 54. Their Fenwick rate came in at 44.2% with a Fenwick of 34 and the Canucks having a 43 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Chicago played and it tells us that they played really well in this game. Their PDO was 94.9 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 33.6%. The Blackhawks scored 5 goals of the 33 shots on goal they attempted. They had 4 power play chances in this game and were able to net 1 out of those tries. Concerning the opposition, the Canucks had 2 power play chances and used that advantage to score 1 goal. Chicago allowed 37 shots on goal and the Canucks had 10 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Detroit (+170)
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