Chicago Blackhawks vs Vegas Golden Knights Predictions, Game 2 Picks, Betting Tips 8/13/2020
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+180) Golden Knights (-201)
Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks head to Rogers Place on Thursday where they'll meet the Vegas Golden Knights. Vegas leads the series 1-0 after a 4-1 win in Game 1. The odds on this matchup have the Blackhawks coming in at +180 and the Golden Knights are at -201. The total opens at 6. The Blackhawks cover 42.4% of the time, having gone 28-38 SU. The Golden Knights cover 52.9% of the time, going 36-32 straight up.
The Chicago Blackhawks step onto the ice with a record of 32 victories and 30 defeats, which puts them at 7th in the Central Division. So far this season, they have earned a total of 208 goals which puts them at 9th in the conference and 19th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -6, which puts them at 22nd in the NHL. The Blackhawks have compiled a total of 72 points, which puts them at 23rd in the NHL and 12th in the West. When looking at shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 2,227 which puts them at 5th in the conference and 11th in the NHL. As a team, Chicago currently has a total of 1,424 hits which means they have an average of 20.3 per contest. They have compiled a total of 874 blocks for the year. Protecting the net for Chicago is Corey Crawford from Montreal, Quebec. He is 35 years old and has played a total of 2,340 minutes minding the goal for the season. Crawford is allowing 2.77 goals per contest which puts him at 17th among Western Conference goaltenders and 33rd in the NHL among goalies. During this year, he has given up 108 goals. He holds a save percentage of .917 which puts him at 13th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Blackhawks were on the losing side of the ice with a 4 - 1 defeat against the Golden Knights in Game 1. The Blackhawks offense left a lot to be desired in the loss. In the game, they finished 1 out of the 20 shots they put on net. In addition, they had 2 power play chances but weren't able to score a goal. Chicago racked up a total of 4 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Blackhawks was 32 and the Corsi against was 40 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 44.4%. Their Fenwick was 18 and the Fenwick against sat at 32, which means they earned a rate of 36.0%. They earned 25 face-off wins and were beaten on 18 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 59.3% and they had a PDO of 82.6 for this matchup. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Vegas Golden Knights put up 34 shots. They had 4 penalty minutes and they had 2 power play attempts.
The Golden Knights will be the team across the ice and for the year they have 39 victories and 24 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they currently sit 3rd in the West and 10th in the league with +15. They currently have a total of 224 goals for this year which is good for 2nd in the conference. Vegas has a save percentage as a team of .900 which is good for 25th in the league, meaning there should be some opportunities to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.1% putting them at 10th in the conference. In goal for Chicago is Robin Lehner who is having a marginal year by allowing 2.89 goals per game and that places him 20th in the Western Conference and 41st among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,055 mins he has been on the ice this year, he has allowed 99 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .920, which has him ranked 8th in the Western Conference and 13th among goalies in the NHL.
In Game 1 Vegas went home with a 55.6% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 40 and they surrendered a Corsi of 32. Their Fenwick percentage was 64.0% by notching a Fenwick of 32 and the Blackhawks earning a 18 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Vegas had and they put on a good performance in this one. Their PDO was 117.4 and their percentage of oZS was 40.7%. The Golden Knights converted 4 goals of the 34 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play opportunities in this outing but were not able to net one. Regarding their opponent, the Blackhawks had 2 power play opportunities but were not able to take advantage. Vegas gave up 20 shots on goal and the Blackhawks racked up a total of 4 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Vegas (-201)
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