Chicago Blackhawks vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction, 5/6/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+230) Hurricanes (-270)
PNC Arena is the site where Petr Mrazek and the Carolina Hurricanes (36-10-7) will play the Chicago Blackhawks (22-25-6) on Thursday. The Hurricanes open this contest at -270 while the Blackhawks are priced at +230. The total has been set at 6.
The Blackhawks will need a bounce back game after taking a 6-3 defeat to the Hurricanes their last time out. The Blackhawks had an average offensive outing in the loss. In the game, they scored on 3 of the 30 shots they looked to score on. They also had 3 attempts on the power play but weren't able to convert one of them into a goal. Chicago accrued 8 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Blackhawks came in at 38 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 43 which had their Corsi rate coming in at 46.9%. Their Fenwick came in at 31 and the Fenwick against finished at 29, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 51.7%. They accounted for 23 face-off wins at even strength and lost on 27 opportunities to take control of the puck. Their offensive zone starts sat at 48.3% and their PDO was 82.7 in this game.
When it comes to their scoring capabilities, the Chicago Blackhawks have racked up 149 goals (15th in the NHL) so far this year and have given up 176. For the current campaign, they have recorded 50 points and their points percentage sits at .472. Chicago comes into tonight with 168 power play opportunities and they have added 37 goals out of those tries, giving them a rate of 22.02%. While at even strength, the Blackhawks let the opposition score 142 goals while having 112 of their own. Chicago has attempted 1,560 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 9.6%. The Blackhawks have had 1,762 shots tried against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .900. Chicago Blackhawks opponents have totaled 147 power play tries (21st in pro hockey) and have a total of 34 goals in those chances.
The man protecting the net in this game is Kevin Lankinen. Opponents have been able to score 107 goals versus Lankinen in his pro career and his average for goals against per game is 3.04. Lankinen has been involved in 36 contests during his NHL career. His save percentage is .908 for his 2,115 minutes in the crease. He has earned a win-loss mark of 16-14-5 and he started in 36 games. In his professional hockey career, Lankinen has accrued 17 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .472. Lankinen has had 1,165 shots against him and has recorded 1,058 saves.
In their win over Chicago, Carolina had 3 power play attempts in this outing but weren't able to score a goal. The Hurricanes scored 6 goals out of the 28 shots on goal they tried. They had a PDO of 117 and their percentage of oZS was 51.7%. Carolina went home with a 53.1% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Carolina played and they looked good in this game. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 48.3% by amassing a Fenwick of 29 and the Blackhawks ending the game with a 31 Fenwick at even strength.
Carolina has attempted 1,705 shots (4th in hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 10.15%, while allowing the opposition 1,497 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 85.12% on their opponents 168 power play chances, and their save percentage is 91.7%. They have earned 158 chances on the power play and they have a power play rate of 26.58%. The Hurricanes have racked up 131 goals at even strength and 42 goals (3rd in hockey) while on the power play. They have granted a total of 124 goals to be scored by way of 99 goals at even strength and 25 goals while they had less men on the ice. On the year, the Carolina Hurricanes have notched a total of 173 goals, 79 points, as well as a points percentage of .745.
Across the rink you will find Petr Mrazek defending the goal. His opposition is averaging 2.59 goals per game and he has relinquished 661 goals overall. Mrazek's quality start rate comes out to 52.0% and he has qualified for 129 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He has made the start in 248 contests and has played for a total of 15,326 mins. Mrazek is the owner of a career record of 128-95-30 and has participated in 273 games. He has recorded 6,765 stops out of 7,426 shots attempted, giving him a save % of .911.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Chicago (+230)
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