Blackhawks vs Maple Leafs Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/18/2020
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+186) Maple Leafs (-208)
Frederik Andersen and the Toronto Maple Leafs (25-16-6, 3rd in the Atlantic Division) host the Chicago Blackhawks (22-20-6, 5th in the Central Division) at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday, January 18, 2020. The Maple Leafs open this game at -208 while the Blackhawks are coming in at +186. The O/U is set at 6.5. The Blackhawks cover 43.5% of the time, having gone 20-26 SU. Toronto is covering 51.1% of the time, going 24-23 straight up.
The Chicago Blackhawks head into this game with a record of 22 victories and 20 defeats, putting them at 5th in the Central Division. So far this season, they have racked up a total of 139 goals which has them sitting at 8th in the conference and 19th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -10, putting them at 23rd in the NHL. The Blackhawks have earned a total of 50 pts, which has them sitting at 20th in the NHL and 10th in the Western Conference. Regarding shots on goal, they have earned a total of 1,479 which has them sitting at 8th in the Western Conference and 18th in the NHL. As a team, Chicago has racked up a total of 1,064 hits which means they are averaging 22.2 per contest. They have earned a total of 610 blocks for the season. The man looking after the net for Chicago is Robin Lehner from Ostrava, Czechoslovakia. He is 28 years old and has played 1,518 mins protecting the goal this season. Lehner is giving up 2.85 goals per game which puts him at 16th in the Western Conference and 30th among goalies in the NHL. For the year, he's surrendered 72 goals. His save % is .923 which puts him at 7th in the Western Conference.
The Chicago Blackhawks will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 4 - 1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in their previous contest. The Blackhawks had a impressive offensive outing in this win. In this matchup, they earned a goal on 4 of the 28 shots they attempted. Additionally, they had 3 power play opportunities and were able to net 1 goal out of those attempts. Chicago earned a total of 6 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Blackhawks sat at 38 and the Corsi against was 59 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 39.2%. Their Fenwick sat at 30 and the Fenwick against was 41, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 42.3%. They took 20 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 27 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 50.0% and they had a PDO of 108.2 for this game. When it comes to their opponent, the Montreal Canadiens earned 33 shots. They finished with a total of 6 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 3 power play attempts.
The Maple Leafs will be the team across the ice and for the year they have 25 wins and 16 losses. In discussing goal differential, they rank 6th in the East and 8th in the NHL with +18. They have a total of 172 goals for this year which has them at 1st in the East. Toronto has a save % as a team of .899 which currently has them sitting 21st in the NHL, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They are shooting 10.9% which is good for 3rd in the Eastern Conference. In goal for Toronto is Frederik Andersen who is having an average year by surrendering 2.86 goals per game and that places him 15th in the East and 31st in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 2,141 minutes he's been on the ice, he's given up 102 goals. He has a save percentage of .910, which ranks him 14th in the East and 29th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Toronto Maple Leafs went up against the New Jersey Devils in a game where the Maple Leafs earned a victory by a final score of 7 - 4. For this game, Toronto earned a 44.4% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 40 and the other team having a Corsi of 50. Their Fenwick rate was 47.1% by notching a Fenwick of 33 and the Devils ending the game with a 37 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Toronto played and we'd say they played well overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 107.8 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 28.2%. The Maple Leafs scored 7 goals of the 34 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 4 power play opportunities in this outing and were able to notch 2 out of those chances. Concerning their opponent, the Devils had 4 power play opportunities and went on to score 1 goal. Toronto gave up 29 shots on goal and the Devils had 10 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago (+186)
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