Blackhawks vs Canucks Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/12/2020
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Vancouver Canucks
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+135) Canucks (-149)
Rogers Arena is the venue where Jacob Markstrom and the Vancouver Canucks (31-21-5, 1st in the Pacific Division) will take on the Chicago Blackhawks (25-22-8, 7th in the Central Division) on Wednesday. The Canucks open this game at -149 while the Blackhawks are coming in at +135. The total opens at 6.5. The Blackhawks cover 42.3% of the time, having gone 22-30 SU. Vancouver is covering 51.9% of the time, going 28-26 straight up.
The Chicago Blackhawks step onto the ice holding a record of 25 victories and 22 defeats, which puts them at 7th in the Central Division. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 160 goals which has them sitting at 9th in the West and 19th in the league. Their goal differential is -9, which puts them at 22nd in the league. The Blackhawks have earned a total of 58 pts, which has them sitting at 24th in the league and 12th in the West. With regard to shots at the opposing goalie, they have earned a total of 1,702 which has them sitting at 10th in the Western Conference and 20th in the league. As a group, Chicago has a total of 1,174 hits which means they have an average of 21.3 per contest. They have earned a total of 712 blocks for the season. The man looking after the goal for Chicago is Robin Lehner from Ostrava, Czechoslovakia. He is 28 years old and has racked up 1,698 mins minding the goal for the season. Lehner is allowing 2.83 GAA which places him at 14th in the Western Conference and 31st in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has allowed 80 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .923 which places him at 6th in the Western Conference.
The Chicago Blackhawks will need a bounce back game after taking a 5 - 2 defeat against the Winnipeg Jets in their last game. The Blackhawks could have played much better offensively in the defeat. For this game, they earned a goal on 2 of the 26 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to score. Chicago racked up a total of 17 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Blackhawks was 52 and the Corsi against was 48 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 52.0%. Their Fenwick was 42 and the Fenwick against sat at 35, which means they earned a rate of 54.5%. They won 21 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 19 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 39.7% and they had a PDO of 97.2 for this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Winnipeg Jets put up 36 shots. They finished with a total of 11 penalty minutes and they notched 6 power play attempts.
The Canucks will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 31 victories and 21 losses. When talking about goal differential, they are sitting 3rd in the conference and 12th in the NHL with +11. They currently have a total of 184 goals for the year which puts them at 2nd in the Western Conference. Vancouver has a save percentage as a team of .908 which is good for 11th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a shooting percentage of 10.4% putting them at 3rd in the West. In goal for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom who is having an ok season by giving up 2.81 GAA and that ranks him 11th among West goalies and 27th among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,369 mins he has been on the ice this year, he has allowed 111 goals. He holds a save percentage of .915, which has him sitting 10th among West goalies and 20th among goalies in the NHL.
The Vancouver Canucks squared up with the Nashville Predators in an outing where the Canucks notched a victory by a final of 6 - 2. In this game, Vancouver earned a 42.7% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 38 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 51. Their Fenwick rate was 41.1% by way of having a Fenwick of 30 and the Predators finishing with a 43 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Vancouver played and they put on a good performance in this one. Their PDO was 112.8 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 38.7%. The Canucks notched 6 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they attempted. They had 4 power play opportunities in this game and netted 2 out of those chances. In discussing the opposition, the Predators had 6 power play chances and went on to score 1 goal. Vancouver gave up 38 shots on goal and the Predators ended up with 33 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago (+135)
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