New York Rangers vs Chicago Blackhawks Predictions, Free NHL Pick 2/19/2020
Game: New York Rangers vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+110) Blackhawks (-121)
Alexandar Georgiev and the New York Rangers (30-24-4, 7th in the Metropolitan Division) are headed to United Center on Wednesday where they'll meet the Chicago Blackhawks (26-25-8, 7th in the Central Division). The line on this matchup has the Rangers priced at +110 and the Blackhawks are at -121. The over/under opens at 6.5. The Rangers cover 50.9% of the time, having gone 29-28 SU. The Blackhawks cover 41.1% of the time, going 23-33 straight up.
The New York Rangers come into this matchup with a record of 30 wins and 24 defeats, which is good for 7th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this season, they have scored a total of 188 goals which ranks them 8th in the conference and 10th in the league. Their goal differential is +9, which is good for 12th in the league. The Rangers currently have a total of 64 points, which ranks them 21st in the league and 11th in the conference. Regarding shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 1,789 which ranks them 12th in the East and 23rd in the league. As a group, New York has earned a total of 1,172 hits which has them averaging 20.2 per contest. They currently have a total of 717 blocks for the year. In net for New York is Alexandar Georgiev from Are, Sweden. He is 23 years old and has totaled 1,530 mins defending the goal for the season. Georgiev is allowing 2.98 goals per contest which places him at 23rd among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 46th in the NHL. During this year, he has allowed 76 goals. He's earned a save % of .912 which places him at 14th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The New York Rangers will look for better times on the ice after their 3 - 1 loss against the Boston Bruins in their previous game. The Rangers had an offensive game that was below their expectations in the defeat. For this game, they converted 1 of the 26 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 5 power play opportunities and were able to score 1 goal out of those opportunities. New York ended up with 4 penalty minutes for this outing. The Corsi for the Rangers sat at 45 and the Corsi against was 46 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 49.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 34 while the Fenwick against sat at 32, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 51.5%. They took 20 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 21 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 43.3% and they had a PDO of 91.3 for this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Boston Bruins racked up 34 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 10 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 2 power play opportunities.
The Blackhawks are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they have 26 victories and 25 defeats. In terms of goal differential, they are sitting 11th in the Western Conference and 24th in the NHL with -11. They currently have a total of 173 goals for this year which has them at 10th in the conference. Chicago has a save percentage as a team of .911 which is good for 9th in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a shooting percentage of 9.3% putting them at 8th in the West. In goal for Chicago is Robin Lehner who is having a bad campaign by surrendering 2.91 goals per game and that ranks him 19th among Western Conference goalies and 39th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,816 mins he's played this season, he's surrendered 88 goals. He has a save percentage of .921, which places him at 6th among Western Conference goalies and 12th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Chicago Blackhawks went up against the Winnipeg Jets in a game where the Blackhawks were on the wrong end of the score by a mark of 3 - 2. For this matchup, Chicago had a 46.9% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 60 while the opposition had a Corsi of 68. Their Fenwick rate was 48.0% with a Fenwick of 48 and the Jets ending the game with a 52 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Chicago played and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. They had a PDO of 98.2 and they earned an oZS percentage of 43.3%. The Blackhawks converted 2 goals out of the 33 shots on goal they tried. They had 0 power play chances in this outing but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. In discussing the opposition, the Jets had 0 power play chances but were not able to notch a goal. Chicago gave way to 38 shots on goal and the Jets earned 0 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Chicago (-121)
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