Panthers vs Blackhawks Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/21/2020
Game: Florida Panthers vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Panthers (+109) Blackhawks (-120)
Sergei Bobrovsky and the Florida Panthers (26-16-5, 3rd in the Atlantic Division) head to United Center on Tuesday where they'll meet the Chicago Blackhawks (24-20-6, 5th in the Central Division). The Blackhawks open this game at -120 while the Panthers are coming in at +109. The total is set at 6. The Panthers cover 52.3% of the time, having gone 23-21 SU. Chicago is covering 45.8% of the time, going 22-26 straight up.
The Florida Panthers head into this matchup with a record of 26 victories and 16 defeats, which puts them at 3rd in the Atlantic Division. So far this year, they have scored a total of 171 goals which has them ranked at 4th in the conference and 5th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +18, which puts them at 8th in the NHL. The Panthers currently have a total of 57 pts, which has them ranked at 14th in the NHL and 10th in the East. Regarding shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,580 which has them ranked at 6th in the East and 10th in the NHL. As a team, Florida currently has a total of 805 hits which has them averaging 17.1 per contest. They currently have a total of 569 blocks for the year. The man looking after the net for Florida is Sergei Bobrovsky from Ogdensburg, New York. He is 31 years old and has totaled 1,955 mins protecting the net for the season. Bobrovsky is conceding 3.22 goals per game which has him ranked 27th among East goalies and 56th among goalies in the NHL. For the season, he has surrendered 105 goals. He has a save % of .898 which has him ranked 26th among East goalies.
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The Florida Panthers will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 4 - 1 win against the Detroit Red Wings the last time they stepped on the ice. The Panthers had a solid offensive outing in this victory. In their game, they scored on 4 out of the 38 shots they put on net. Moreover, they had 6 power play attempts and scored 1 goal out of those attempts. Florida ended up with 19 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Panthers was 44 and the Corsi against was 30 giving them a Corsi percentage of 59.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 34 and the Fenwick against sat at 21, which tells us they had a rate of 61.8%. They earned 16 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 24 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 47.7% and they had a PDO of 104.4 for this matchup. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Detroit Red Wings put up 28 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 27 penalty minutes and they had 7 power play attempts.
The Blackhawks are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 24 wins and 20 defeats. When looking at goal differential, they are ranked 9th in the Western Conference and 20th in the NHL with -3. They currently have a total of 150 goals for the season which is 7th in the West. Chicago has a team save percentage of .913 which has them ranked 6th in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.7% ranking them 7th in the Western Conference. In net for Chicago is Robin Lehner who is having an ok year by giving up 2.81 goals against average and that has him ranked 12th among Western Conference goaltenders and 26th in the NHL. In the 1,578 mins he's played, he's given up 74 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .924, which has him ranking 6th among Western Conference goaltenders and 11th in the NHL.
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The Chicago Blackhawks squared up with the Winnipeg Jets in a game where the Blackhawks took home the victory by a mark of 5 - 2. For this game, Chicago went home with a 44.3% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 43 while the opposition had a Corsi of 54. Their Fenwick rate was 46.0% by notching a Fenwick of 29 and the Jets finishing with a 34 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Chicago played and it was an excellent showing for this outing. They had a PDO at even strength of 112.0 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 45.5%. The Blackhawks notched 5 goals of the 33 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play opportunities in this one but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. On the other side of the ice, the Jets had 5 power play opportunities but weren't able to take advantage of it. Chicago gave up 38 shots on goal and the Jets racked up 6 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Florida (+109)
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