Bruins vs Blackhawks Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/5/2020
Game: Boston Bruins vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-151) Blackhawks (+137)
Robin Lehner and the Chicago Blackhawks (25-21-6, 5th in the Central Division) play the Boston Bruins (31-10-12, 1st in the Atlantic Division) at United Center on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. The Blackhawks open this matchup at +137 while the Bruins are coming in at -151. The total opens at 6. The Bruins are covering 58.5% of the time, having gone 31-22 SU. Chicago covers 44.9% of the time, going 22-27 straight up.
The Boston Bruins head into this game holding a record of 31 wins and 10 defeats, which is good for 1st in the Atlantic Division. During the year thus far, they have earned a total of 177 goals which is 5th in the conference and 6th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +47, which is good for 1st in the NHL. The Bruins have a total of 74 points, which is 2nd in the NHL and 2nd in the East. Regarding shots at the opposing goalie, they have a total of 1,669 which is 8th in the Eastern Conference and 12th in the NHL. As a group, Boston has obtained a total of 1,189 hits which means they are averaging 22.4 per game. They have a total of 559 blocks for the year. The goalie for Boston is Tuukka Rask from Caledonia, Ontario. He is 32 years old and has played 1,698 minutes defending the goal this year. Rask is giving up an average of 2.23 goals per contest which ranks him 3rd among East goalies and 4th among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he's given up 63 goals. He has a save % of .927 which ranks him 3rd among East goalies.
The Boston Bruins were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 6 - 1 victory against the Minnesota Wild in their last game. The Bruins played really well in the victory. In this outing, they finished 6 out of the 34 shots they put on goal. They also had 4 power play attempts and were able to score 3 goals out of those opportunities. Boston racked up a total of 10 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Bruins sat at 46 and the Corsi against was 40 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 53.5%. Their Fenwick was 34 and the Fenwick against sat at 30, which means they had a rate of 53.1%. They earned 25 face-off wins and were beaten on 22 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 33.3% and they had a PDO at even strength of 107.5 for this matchup. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Minnesota Wild racked up a total of 26 shots. They ended the game with 10 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 4 power play opportunities.
The Blackhawks are the team looking to add points to their total and for the current year they sit with 25 victories and 21 losses. In terms of goal differential, they are currently sitting 9th in the Western Conference and 21st in the NHL with -4. They have earned a total of 155 goals for the year which has them sitting at 9th in the Western Conference. Chicago has a team save percentage of .913 which is good for 6th in the NHL, which means they are a tough group to score against. They have a shooting percentage of 9.5% which puts them at 8th in the West. In net for Chicago is Robin Lehner who is having an average campaign by giving up 2.86 goals per contest and that ranks him 15th among West goalies and 32nd among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,637 minutes he's been on the ice, he has given up 78 goals. He's earned a save % of .922, which puts him at 6th among West goalies and 12th among goalies in the NHL.
The Chicago Blackhawks squared up with the Arizona Coyotes in a matchup where the Blackhawks took home the victory by a final of 3 - 2. In their game, Chicago wound up with a 48.7% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 55 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 58. They had a Fenwick percentage of 48.9% with a Fenwick of 43 and the Coyotes finishing with a 45 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Chicago played and you can say they had a mediocre outing. They had a PDO of 100.1 and their percentage of oZS was 47.4%. The Blackhawks converted 3 goals out of the 44 shots on goal they attempted. They had 3 power play attempts in this game but weren't able to notch a goal. Regarding the opposition, the Coyotes had 3 power play chances but didn't put the puck in goal. Chicago gave up 42 shots on goal and the Coyotes ended up with 6 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Boston (-151)
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