Chicago Blackhawks vs Detroit Red Wings Predictions, NHL Expert Picks 3/6/2020
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Detroit Red Wings
Date: Friday, March 6, 2020
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (-175) Red Wings (+158)
Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks (30-28-8, 7th in the Central Division) go to Little Caesars Arena on Friday where they'll take on the Detroit Red Wings (15-48-5, 8th in the Atlantic Division). The Red Wings open this contest at +158 while the Blackhawks are coming in at -175. The over/under is set at 6. The Blackhawks are covering 41.9% of the time, having gone 26-36 SU. The Red Wings are covering 19.7% of the time, going 13-53 straight up.
The Chicago Blackhawks head into this game holding a record of 30 wins and 28 losses, which is good for 7th in the Central Division. So far this season, they have scored a total of 197 goals which has them sitting at 10th in the conference and 20th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -8, which is good for 23rd in the NHL. The Blackhawks have earned a total of 68 pts, which has them sitting at 24th in the NHL and 12th in the Western Conference. In connection with shots on goal, they have earned a total of 2,089 which has them sitting at 8th in the conference and 15th in the NHL. As a group, Chicago currently has a total of 1,344 hits which means they are averaging 20.4 per contest. They have earned a total of 814 blocks for the year. Protecting the net for Chicago is Corey Crawford from Montreal, Quebec. He is 35 years old and has racked up 2,106 minutes defending the net this year. Crawford is giving up 2.82 GAA which puts him at 15th among Western Conference goalies and 32nd among goalies in the NHL. During this year, he has allowed 99 goals. He has a save % of .916 which puts him at 13th among Western Conference goalies.
The Chicago Blackhawks will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 6 - 2 win over the Anaheim Ducks in their last game. The Blackhawks had a solid offensive performance and it showed in the win. For this game, they netted 6 of the 40 shots they attempted. Additionally, they had 2 power play opportunities but didn't net one. Chicago earned a total of 6 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Corsi for the Blackhawks was 62 and the Corsi against was 51 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 54.9%. Their Fenwick was 42 and the Fenwick against was 42, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 50.0%. They earned 28 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 27 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 40.6% and they had a PDO of 111.6 in this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Anaheim Ducks earned 39 shots. They ended the game with 4 minutes in the box and they earned 3 power play opportunities.
The Red Wings are the team on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 15 victories and 48 losses. When discussing goal differential, they are currently ranked 16th in the East and 31st in the league with -121. They have compiled a total of 134 goals for the season which ranks them 16th in the conference. Detroit has a save percentage as a team of .885 which has them 31st in the league, meaning there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a shooting percentage of 7.3% putting them at 16th in the conference. In goal for Detroit is Jonathan Bernier who is having a bad campaign by allowing 2.92 goals per game and that ranks him 21st among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 42nd in the NHL. In the 2,382 minutes he has played this year, he's given up 116 goals. He holds a save % of .907, which places him at 21st among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 41st in the NHL.
The Detroit Red Wings faced off against the Colorado Avalanche in a game where the Red Wings ended up losing by a final score of 2 - 1. For this game, Detroit went home with a 42.7% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 38 while the opposition had a Corsi of 51. Their Fenwick rate was 39.1% by notching a Fenwick of 25 and the Avalanche ending the game with a 39 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Detroit had and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. Their PDO was 100.0 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 38.9%. The Red Wings netted 1 goal out of the 18 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play chances in this game but weren't able to score a goal. As for their opponent, the Avalanche had 4 power play chances but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Detroit gave up 27 shots on goal and the Avalanche earned a total of 8 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago (-175)
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