Blackhawks vs Canadiens Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/15/2020
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+149) Canadiens (-165)
Bell Centre is the venue where Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (20-20-7, 6th in the Atlantic Division) will take on the Chicago Blackhawks (20-20-6, 7th in the Central Division) on Wednesday. The odds on this contest have the Blackhawks priced at +149 and the Canadiens are at -165. The over/under is set at 6. The Blackhawks are covering 40.9% of the time, having gone 18-26 SU. The Canadiens are covering 40.0% of the time, going 18-27 straight up.
The Chicago Blackhawks come into this matchup holding a record of 20 victories and 20 losses, putting them at 7th in the Central Division. So far this season, they have racked up a total of 132 goals which is 9th in the conference and 20th in the league. Their goal differential is -14, putting them at 24th in the league. The Blackhawks have compiled a total of 46 points, which is 25th in the league and 12th in the West. In the matter of shots at the opposition, they have compiled a total of 1,421 which is 9th in the conference and 19th in the league. As a team, Chicago currently has a total of 1,032 hits which has them averaging 22.4 per game. They have compiled a total of 580 blocks for the year. The goalie for Chicago is Robin Lehner from Ostrava, Czechoslovakia. He is 28 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,457 minutes in goal this season. Lehner is allowing an average of 2.88 goals per game which has him sitting 16th in the West and 32nd among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he's surrendered 70 goals. He has a save % of .923 which has him sitting 6th in the West.
The Chicago Blackhawks had a good night with a 4 - 2 victory against the Anaheim Ducks the last time they stepped on the ice. The Blackhawks had a solid offensive performance and it showed in this victory. In their game, they scored on 4 of the 33 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 1 power play chance but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Chicago earned a total of 2 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Corsi for the Blackhawks sat at 63 and the Corsi against was 61 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 50.8%. Their Fenwick sat at 46 and the Fenwick against was 49, which earned them a rate of 48.4%. They took 25 face-off wins and were beaten on 26 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 56.8% and they had a PDO of 106.6 in this one. Regarding their opponent, the Anaheim Ducks tallied a total of 37 shots. They had 2 penalty mins and they earned a total of 1 power play opportunity.
The Canadiens are the team on the other side of the ice and for the current year they sit with 20 wins and 20 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are currently ranked 12th in the Eastern Conference and 20th in the league with -4. They have earned a total of 143 goals for this season which ranks them 9th in the East. Montreal has a team save percentage of .901 which currently has them ranked 17th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could present themselves. They are shooting 8.7% ranking them 13th in the East. In goal for Montreal is Carey Price who is having an average year by surrendering 2.87 goals against average and that has him ranked 16th in the East and 31st among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,238 minutes he has been on the ice this season, he has allowed 107 goals. He's earned a save % of .907, which has him sitting 16th in the East and 34th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Montreal Canadiens opposed the Calgary Flames in a game where the Canadiens ended up with the victory by a final score of 2 - 0. For this outing, Montreal had a 52.3% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 58 and the other team having a Corsi of 53. Their Fenwick rate was 50.7% by earning a Fenwick of 38 and the Flames having earned a 37 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Montreal had and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. They had a PDO of 107.1 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 54.8%. The Canadiens converted 2 goals of the 37 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play chances in this game but weren't able to score a goal. In discussing the opposition, the Flames had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to take advantage of it. Montreal conceded 31 shots on goal and the Flames racked up a total of 6 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Chicago (+149)
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