Chicago Blackhawks vs Calgary Flames Predictions, NHL Expert Picks 2/15/2020
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Calgary Flames
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+140) Flames (-155)
David Rittich and the Calgary Flames (30-23-6, 4th in the Pacific Division) play the Chicago Blackhawks (25-24-8, 7th in the Central Division) at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday, February 15, 2020. The Flames open this matchup at -155 while the Blackhawks are priced at +140. The over/under is set at 6. The Blackhawks are covering 40.7% of the time, having gone 22-32 SU. Calgary is covering 45.3% of the time, going 24-29 straight up.
The Chicago Blackhawks head into this game holding a record of 25 wins and 24 losses, putting them at 7th in the Central Division. During the year thus far, they have converted a total of 163 goals which is good for 10th in the Western Conference and 22nd in the NHL. Their goal differential is -14, putting them at 25th in the NHL. The Blackhawks have a total of 58 points, which is good for 25th in the NHL and 12th in the conference. When talking about shots at the opposing goalie, they have a total of 1,792 which is good for 8th in the conference and 17th in the NHL. As a team, Chicago has a total of 1,206 hits which means they have an average of 21.2 per game. They have a total of 726 blocks for the year. Protecting the net for Chicago is Robin Lehner from Ostrava, Czechoslovakia. He is 28 years old and has played 1,756 mins minding the goal for the season. Lehner is allowing an average of 2.87 goals against average which ranks him 17th among West goalies and 37th among goalies in the NHL. During this season, he's given up 84 goals. His save % is .921 which ranks him 7th among West goalies.
The Chicago Blackhawks will need a bounce back game after taking a 3 - 0 loss against the Vancouver Canucks the last time they stepped on the ice. The Blackhawks had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in the loss. In this matchup, they scored on 0 of the 49 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 5 power play attempts but didn't net one. Chicago had a total of 16 penalty mins in this outing. The Corsi for the Blackhawks was 62 and the Corsi against was 26 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 70.5%. Their Fenwick was 49 while the Fenwick against was 20, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 71.0%. They earned 19 face-off wins and lost 23 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 71.9% and they had a PDO at even strength of 85.7 in this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Vancouver Canucks earned 20 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 20 penalty minutes and they earned 3 power play attempts.
The Flames will be the team across the ice and for the current year they have 30 wins and 23 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are currently ranked 11th in the Western Conference and 23rd in the NHL with -13. They have earned a total of 164 goals for the year which is 9th in the Western Conference. Calgary has a team save percentage of .909 which has them 11th in the NHL, meaning there should be some opportunities to score. They have a shooting percentage of 8.8% which is good for 12th in the Western Conference. In goal for Calgary is David Rittich who is having an average season by allowing 2.87 goals against average and that has him ranked 16th among West goaltenders and 36th among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,469 mins he's played, he's allowed 118 goals. He holds a save percentage of .910, which has him ranked 16th among West goaltenders and 32nd among goalies in the NHL.
The Calgary Flames played the Anaheim Ducks in an outing where the Flames earned a win by a final of 6 - 0. In their game, Calgary earned a 40.0% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 44 while the opposition had a Corsi of 66. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 41.2% by earning a Fenwick of 35 and the Ducks finishing with a 50 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Calgary played and they looked good in this game. Their PDO was 118.5 and their oZS percentage was 45.8%. The Flames converted 6 goals of the 32 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play opportunities in this one but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. In discussing their opponent, the Ducks had 4 power play chances but were not able to notch a goal. Calgary conceded 44 shots on goal and the Ducks earned 9 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago (+140)
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