Carolina Hurricanes vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, 4/1/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (-162) Blackhawks (+135)
United Center is the venue where Kevin Lankinen and the Chicago Blackhawks (17-15-5) will take on the Carolina Hurricanes (23-8-3) on Thursday. The Blackhawks open this matchup at +135 while the Hurricanes are priced at -162. The over/under opens at 6.5.
The Hurricanes were on the losing side of the ice with a 2-1 loss against the Blackhawks their last time on the ice. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 66.1% and they had a PDO of 96.6 in this game. They totaled 37 face-off victories when at even strength and were beaten on 23 attempts to win the puck. Their Fenwick came in at 42 and the Fenwick against finished at 23, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 64.6%. The Corsi for the Hurricanes was 59 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 30 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 66.3%. Carolina earned 2 penalty mins in this matchup. In addition, they had 1 chance with extra men on the ice but weren't able to score a goal. The Hurricanes offense left a lot to be desired in the defeat. For the outing, they tallied a score on 1 out of the 32 shots they looked to score on.
In relation to their scoring capabilities, the Carolina Hurricanes have racked up 109 goals (10th in the NHL) on the year and have conceded 85. For the year, they have scored 49 points and their points percentage is .721. Carolina skates onto the rink with 107 power play chances and they have scored 32 goals out of those advantages, garnering them a percentage of 29.91%. At even strength, the Hurricanes let the opposition score 65 goals while scoring 77 on the offensive side of the ice. Carolina has taken 1,082 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 10.1%. The Hurricanes have had 965 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .912. Carolina Hurricanes opponents have totaled 114 power play opportunities (7th in hockey) and have a total of 20 goals in those chances.
The player in the crease for this game is James Reimer. Opponents have been able to score 962 goals against Reimer in his professional hockey career and his goals against rate is 2.79. Reimer has taken the ice for 381 contests during his hockey career. He has a save percentage of .913 in his 20,666 minutes guarding the cage. He has compiled an overall record of 171-130-42 and was named the starter in 347 games. In his professional hockey career, Reimer is sitting with 176 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .507. Reimer has had 11,087 shots against him and has garnered 10,125 saves.
In their win over Carolina, the Blackhawks PDO at even strength was 103 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 34.1%. They had 2 attempts on the power play in this contest and recorded 1 out of those chances. Their Fenwick rate was 35.4% by earning a Fenwick of 23 and the Hurricanes having racked up a 42 Fenwick at even strength. The Blackhawks tallied 2 goals of the 16 shots on goal they took. Chicago wound up with a 33.7% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Chicago had and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future.
So far this year, the Chicago Blackhawks are sitting with 104 goals, 39 points, as well as a points percentage of .527. They have allowed 113 goals to be scored by way of 85 goals at even strength and 28 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Blackhawks have earned 73 goals at even strength and 31 goals (3rd in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have earned 113 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 27.43%. Chicago has taken 1,072 shots (10th in the NHL) and has a shooting percentage of 9.70%, while allowing the other team 1,258 shots. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 74.07% on the other teams 108 chances on the power play, and their save percentage sits at 91.0%.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see Kevin Lankinen defending the net. Lankinen has amassed a lifetime mark of 13-8-4 and has been in net for 25 games. Lankinen's rate of quality starts is 64.0% and he has earned 16 quality starts in his NHL career. He has recorded 785 saves out of 852 shots taken, giving him a save percentage of .921. The opposition is averaging 2.65 goals per game and he has given up 67 goals in total. He has been a starter 25 games and his ice time sits at 1,515 minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Carolina (-162)
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