Blackhawks vs Wild Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/4/2020
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+106) Wild (-117)
Robin Lehner and the Chicago Blackhawks (25-21-6, 4th in the Central Division) are headed to Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday where they'll take on the Minnesota Wild (23-22-6, 7th in the Central Division). The moneyline on this matchup has the Blackhawks priced at +106 and the Wild are at -117. The O/U has been set at 6. The Blackhawks are covering 44.9% of the time, having gone 22-27 SU. The Wild are covering 44.0% of the time, going 22-28 straight up.
The Chicago Blackhawks head into this game holding a record of 25 wins and 21 defeats, which is good for 4th in the Central Division. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 155 goals which puts them at 9th in the conference and 19th in the league. Their goal differential is -4, which is good for 21st in the league. The Blackhawks have a total of 56 points, which puts them at 20th in the league and 10th in the Western Conference. Regarding shots toward the net, they have a total of 1,625 which puts them at 10th in the Western Conference and 20th in the league. As a group, Chicago has earned a total of 1,137 hits which has them averaging 21.9 per contest. They have a total of 673 blocks for this year. The man in net for Chicago is Robin Lehner from Ostrava, Czechoslovakia. He is 28 years old and has racked up 1,637 mins defending the net this season. Lehner is conceding an average of 2.86 goals against average which has him sitting 15th in the West and 31st among goaltenders in the NHL. During this year, he has allowed 78 goals. His save % is .922 which has him sitting 6th in the West.
The Chicago Blackhawks will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 3 - 2 win over the Arizona Coyotes the last time they stepped on the ice. The Blackhawks had an average offensive performance in the win. For this outing, they earned a goal on 3 out of the 44 shots they looked to score on. Furthermore, they had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to score a goal. Chicago earned a total of 6 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Blackhawks sat at 55 and the Corsi against was 58 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 48.7%. Their Fenwick was 43 while the Fenwick against was 45, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 48.9%. They earned 21 face-off wins and lost 32 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 47.4% and they had a PDO at even strength of 100.1 for this game. Regarding their opponent, the Arizona Coyotes tallied a total of 42 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 6 penalty minutes and they had 3 power play opportunities.
The Wild will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 23 wins and 22 losses. in respect to goal differential, they are ranked 11th in the Western Conference and 24th in the league with -14. They have a total of 156 goals for this season which is 7th in the Western Conference. Minnesota has a team save percentage of .892 which currently has them ranked 26th in the league, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They are shooting 10.4% ranking them 4th in the West. In goal for Minnesota is Devan Dubnyk who is having a bad year by giving up 3.40 goals per contest and that has him ranked 32nd among West goaltenders and 62nd in the NHL. In the 1,357 mins he's been on the ice this year, he's surrendered 77 goals. His save % is .890, which has him placed 31st among West goaltenders and 61st in the NHL.
The Minnesota Wild squared up with the Boston Bruins in a game where the Wild took the loss by a mark of 6 - 1. In this matchup, Minnesota went home with a 46.5% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 40 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 46. Their Fenwick rate was 46.9% with a Fenwick of 30 and the Bruins having earned a 34 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Minnesota played and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. Their PDO at even strength was 92.5 and their percentage of oZS was 66.3%. The Wild scored 1 goal out of the 26 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play opportunities in this outing but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. In discussing the opposition, the Bruins had 4 power play attempts and used that advantage to score 3 goals. Minnesota allowed 34 shots on goal and the Bruins earned a total of 10 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota (-117)
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