Anaheim Ducks vs Chicago Blackhawks Predictions, NHL Picks 3/3/2020
Game: Anaheim Ducks vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Ducks (+139) Blackhawks (-154)
Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks (29-28-8, 7th in the Central Division) play the Anaheim Ducks (26-31-8, 7th in the Pacific Division) at United Center on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. The Ducks open this game at +139 while the Blackhawks are priced at -154. The over/under opens at 6. The Ducks cover 35.0% of the time, having gone 21-39 SU. The Blackhawks cover 41.0% of the time, going 25-36 straight up.
The Anaheim Ducks step onto the ice with a record of 26 wins and 31 losses, which puts them at 7th in the Pacific Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 163 goals which puts them at 15th in the Western Conference and 30th in the league. Their goal differential is -41, which puts them at 28th in the league. The Ducks have compiled a total of 60 points, which puts them at 27th in the league and 13th in the conference. With reference to shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 1,941 which puts them at 13th in the Western Conference and 26th in the league. As a group, Anaheim currently has a total of 1,364 hits which has them averaging 21 per contest. They have compiled a total of 742 blocks for this season. In net for Anaheim is John Gibson from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is 26 years old and has been on the ice a total of 2,891 minutes in goal for the year. Gibson is giving up 2.99 goals against average which ranks him 25th among West goaltenders and 47th among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has surrendered 144 goals. His save percentage is .904 which ranks him 25th among West goaltenders.
The Anaheim Ducks will look to clean up some issues after taking a 3 - 0 defeat against the New Jersey Devils in their last game. The Ducks offense left a lot to be desired in the loss. For this game, they finished 0 of the 34 shots they put on goal. Furthermore, they had 2 power play chances but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Anaheim had 6 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Ducks sat at 66 and the Corsi against was 54 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 55.0%. Their Fenwick was 48 while the Fenwick against sat at 39, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 55.2%. They earned 23 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 20 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 58.1% and they had a PDO at even strength of 96.8 for this matchup. In discussing stats from the opponent, the New Jersey Devils tallied a total of 34 shots. They had a total of 4 minutes in the box and they had 3 power play opportunities.
The Blackhawks are the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 29 wins and 28 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are currently sitting 12th in the Western Conference and 24th in the league with -12. They currently have a total of 191 goals for this year which ranks 10th in the Western Conference. Chicago has a save percentage as a team of .912 which has them ranked 7th in the league, which means chances to score may be limited. They are shooting 9.3% putting them at 8th in the Western Conference. In net for Chicago is Corey Crawford who is having an average year by surrendering 2.84 goals per contest and that places him 16th among Western Conference goalies and 34th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,047 mins he's been on the ice, he's given up 97 goals. He's earned a save % of .915, which has him ranked 13th among Western Conference goalies and 23rd among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Chicago Blackhawks squared up with the Florida Panthers in a matchup where the Blackhawks took home the victory by a mark of 3 - 2. For this outing, Chicago had a 50.5% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 48 while their opponent had a Corsi of 47. Their Fenwick rate came in at 48.1% by notching a Fenwick of 37 and the Panthers earning a 40 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Chicago had and you can say they had a mediocre outing. They had a PDO at even strength of 101.0 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 45.2%. The Blackhawks scored 3 goals out of the 29 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 power play opportunities in this outing but were not able to net one. In discussing their opponent, the Panthers had 3 power play attempts but didn't tally a goal. Chicago gave way to 40 shots on goal and the Panthers ended up with 6 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Anaheim (+139)
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