San Jose Sharks vs Chicago Blackhawks Predictions, NHL Picks 3/11/2020
Game: San Jose Sharks vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Sharks (+131) Blackhawks (-145)
Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks (31-30-8, 7th in the Central Division) play the San Jose Sharks (29-35-5, 7th in the Pacific Division) at United Center on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The odds on this game have the Sharks priced at +131 and the Blackhawks are at -145. The total is set at 6. The Sharks are covering 40.3% of the time, having gone 27-40 SU. Chicago covers 41.5% of the time, going 27-38 straight up.
The San Jose Sharks head into this game holding a record of 29 wins and 35 losses, putting them at 7th in the Pacific Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 178 goals which has them at 12th in the West and 27th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -41, putting them at 28th in the NHL. The Sharks currently have a total of 63 points, which has them at 28th in the NHL and 14th in the West. In terms of shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 2,065 which has them at 13th in the West and 26th in the NHL. As a group, San Jose has a total of 1,494 hits which means they are averaging 21.7 per game. They currently have a total of 804 blocks for the season. Looking after the goal for San Jose is Aaron Dell from Airdrie, Alberta. He is 30 years old and has totaled 1,774 mins protecting the net this season. Dell is allowing an average of 2.91 GAA which has him placed 21st in the West and 43rd in the NHL among goaltenders. So far this season, he has given up 86 goals. He holds a save percentage of .909 which has him placed 20th in the West.
The San Jose Sharks were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 4 - 3 loss against the Colorado Avalanche their last time out. The Sharks had an average offensive outing in the defeat. While out there on the ice, they converted 3 of the 25 shots they put on net. Additionally, they had 4 power play chances and were able to net 2 goals out of those chances. San Jose earned 8 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Sharks sat at 29 and the Corsi against was 47 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 38.2%. Their Fenwick sat at 22 and the Fenwick against sat at 29, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 43.1%. They earned 14 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 23 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 54.2% and they had a PDO of 91.7 for this one. Regarding their opponent, the Colorado Avalanche earned 24 shots. They ended the game with 8 penalty minutes and they earned 4 power play attempts.
The Blackhawks are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 31 victories and 30 defeats. With reference to goal differential, they are ranked 11th in the West and 23rd in the NHL with -10. They have compiled a total of 202 goals for the year which ranks them 10th in the conference. Chicago has a team save percentage of .912 which has them ranked 7th in the NHL, meaning they are a tough team to score against. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.3% which is good for 7th in the Western Conference. In goal for Chicago is Corey Crawford who is having a marginal year by allowing 2.79 goals per contest and that has him ranked 18th in the Western Conference and 35th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 2,280 minutes he has been on the ice this season, he's allowed 106 goals. His save percentage is .916, which places him at 14th in the Western Conference and 21st in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Chicago Blackhawks opposed the St. Louis Blues in a matchup where the Blackhawks ended up losing by a tally of 2 - 0. In this outing, Chicago earned a 48.2% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 41 and the other team having a Corsi of 44. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 53.0% by notching a Fenwick of 35 and the Blues ending the game with a 31 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Chicago had and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. Their PDO was 91.7 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 47.8%. The Blackhawks converted 0 goals of the 29 shots on goal they attempted. They had 4 power play attempts in this outing but weren't able to score a goal. In discussing the opposition, the Blues had 2 power play chances but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Chicago gave up 26 shots on goal and the Blues had a total of 25 minutes in the box.
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Tony's Pick: Take San Jose (+131)
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