Chicago Blackhawks vs Vegas Golden Knights Predictions, Game 1 Picks, Betting Tips 8/11/2020
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+252) Golden Knights (-283)
Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks head to Rogers Place on Tuesday where they'll meet the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of their series. The Blackhawks open this contest at +252 while the Golden Knights are priced at -283. The total has been set at 5.5. The Blackhawks are covering 42.4% of the time, having gone 28-38 SU. The Golden Knights are covering 52.9% of the time, going 36-32 straight up.
The Chicago Blackhawks head into this game holding a record of 32 wins and 30 losses, ranking them 7th in the Central Division. So far this year, they have scored a total of 208 goals which is 9th in the Western Conference and 19th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -6, ranking them 22nd in the NHL. The Blackhawks have a total of 72 points, which is 23rd in the NHL and 12th in the Western Conference. With regard to shots at the opposing goalie, they have a total of 2,227 which is 5th in the conference and 11th in the NHL. As a team, Chicago has compiled a total of 1,424 hits which has them averaging 20.3 per game. They have a total of 874 blocks for this year. The man in the crease for Chicago is Corey Crawford from Montreal, Quebec. He is 35 years old and has totaled 2,340 mins in net this season. Crawford is giving up an average of 2.77 goals per contest which has him ranking 17th among West goalies and 33rd among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has given up 108 goals. He holds a save percentage of .917 which has him ranking 13th among West goalies.
The Blackhawks came out of their game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 3 - 2 win against the Oilers their last time out. The Blackhawks played like an average offensive team in the win. For the game, they finished 3 out of the 29 shots they put on net. Additionally, they had 2 power play chances but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Chicago ended up with 11 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Blackhawks was 39 and the Corsi against was 55 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 41.5%. Their Fenwick was 30 while the Fenwick against was 40, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 42.9%. They took 30 face-off wins and were beaten on 25 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 51.2% and they had a PDO of 107.9 in this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Edmonton Oilers racked up 45 shots. They had 6 minutes in the box and they had 5 power play opportunities.
The Golden Knights will be the team across the ice and for the season they sit with 39 victories and 24 losses. When looking at goal differential, they sit 3rd in the West and 10th in the league with +15. They have earned a total of 224 goals for this year which puts them at 2nd in the West. Vegas has a team save percentage of .900 which has them 25th in the league, meaning there should be some chances to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.1% which is good for 10th in the West. In net for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury who is having a marginal season by allowing 2.77 goals per contest and that has him 16th in the West and 32nd among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,880 minutes he's played, he has surrendered 133 goals. His save percentage is .905, which has him sitting 23rd in the West and 46th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Golden Knights faced the Avalanche in a matchup where the Golden Knights earned a victory by a mark of 4 - 3 in their last contest. For this outing, Vegas earned a 45.1% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 37 and they conceded a Corsi of 45. Their Fenwick rate was 51.7% by earning a Fenwick of 31 and the Avalanche having a 29 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Vegas had and we'd say they played well overall. Their PDO was 105.6 and their oZS percentage was 49.7%. The Golden Knights notched 4 goals out of the 26 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 4 power play chances in this game and netted 1 out of those chances. Concerning the opposition, the Avalanche had 6 power play chances and used that advantage to score 1 goal. Vegas allowed 35 shots on goal and the Avalanche ended up with 10 penalty minutes.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Vegas (-283) and under 5.5 goals
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