Predators vs Blackhawks Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/9/2020
Game: Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (-130) Blackhawks (+118)
Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks (19-19-6, 7th in the Central Division) host the Nashville Predators (19-16-7, 6th in the Central Division) at United Center on Thursday, January 9, 2020. The line on this contest has the Predators priced at -130 and the Blackhawks are at +118. The total has been set at 6.5. The Predators cover 43.9% of the time, having gone 18-23 SU. The Blackhawks cover 40.5% of the time, going 17-25 straight up.
The Nashville Predators come into this matchup with a record of 19 victories and 16 defeats, ranking them 6th in the Central Division. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 143 goals which has them ranked at 3rd in the West and 10th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +3, ranking them 16th in the NHL. The Predators currently have a total of 45 points, which has them ranked at 22nd in the NHL and 11th in the conference. When looking at shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,427 which has them ranked at 4th in the West and 9th in the NHL. As a group, Nashville has a total of 691 hits which means they are averaging 16.5 per game. They currently have a total of 481 blocks for the season. Looking after the net for Nashville is Pekka Rinne from Kempele, Finland. He is 37 years old and has played 1,430 minutes in net this season. Rinne is giving up 3.06 goals against average which has him ranking 24th among Western Conference goalies and 44th among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he's surrendered 73 goals. He holds a save % of .894 which has him ranking 28th among Western Conference goalies.
The Nashville Predators were on the losing side of the ice with a 6 - 2 defeat to the Boston Bruins in their last game. The Predators had an offensive game that was below their expectations in the defeat. In this outing, they netted 2 of the 35 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 7 power play chances and notched 2 goals out of those tries. Nashville ended up with 13 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Predators was 43 and the Corsi against at even strength was 45 giving them a Corsi percentage of 48.9%. Their Fenwick was 33 while the Fenwick against was 40, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 45.2%. They took 28 face-off wins and lost 22 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 49.7% and they had a PDO of 82.8 for this one. Regarding their opponent, the Boston Bruins tallied 36 shots. They ended the game with 21 penalty mins and they tallied 3 power play attempts.
The Blackhawks will be looking to add points to their total and for the year they have 19 victories and 19 losses. When talking about goal differential, they rank 11th in the Western Conference and 24th in the league with -13. They have a total of 126 goals for this season which has them at 10th in the Western Conference. Chicago has a team save % of .912 which has them 6th in the league, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.3% which is good for 8th in the West. In net for Chicago is Corey Crawford who is having a rough year by surrendering 3.09 GAA and that ranks him 27th among West goaltenders and 47th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,260 minutes he has played this year, he's allowed 65 goals. He's earned a save % of .906, which has him ranking 20th among West goaltenders and 37th among goalies in the NHL.
The Chicago Blackhawks went up against the Calgary Flames in an outing where the Blackhawks took the defeat by a final of 2 - 1. For this outing, Chicago had a 48.5% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 47 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 50. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 50.7% by notching a Fenwick of 36 and the Flames having a 35 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Chicago had and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. They had a PDO of 94.8 and they earned an oZS percentage of 65.4%. The Blackhawks notched 1 goal of the 32 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play opportunities in this game but weren't able to score a goal. As for their opponent, the Flames had 4 power play attempts but were not able to score a goal. Chicago gave way to 28 shots on goal and the Flames had 4 minutes in the box.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Chicago (+118) and under the total goals
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