Chicago Blackhawks vs New York Rangers Prediction, 12/4/2021 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs New York Rangers
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+155) Rangers (-195)
Marc-Andre Fleury and the Chicago Blackhawks (8-12-2) are headed to Madison Square Garden on Saturday where they'll take on the New York Rangers (14-4-3). The Rangers open this matchup at -195 while the Blackhawks are coming in at +155. The over/under has been set at 5.5.
The Blackhawks were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 4-3 victory over the Capitals in their last game. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 47.4% and their PDO was 97.2 for this matchup. They garnered 27 face-off wins at even strength and lost on 28 opportunities to win the puck. Their Fenwick came in at 34 and the Fenwick against finished at 41, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 45.3%. The Corsi for the Blackhawks sat at 47 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 55 which means they had a Corsi rate of 46.1%. Chicago accounted for 4 mins in the box in this game. They also had 2 attempts on the power play and were able to notch 1 goal. The Blackhawks had a good offensive performance in the victory. In the outing, they finished 4 out of the 28 shots they launched.
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The Blackhawks have had 697 shots taken against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .900. While playing at even strength, the Blackhawks have allowed the opponent to score 61 goals while having 35 on offense. Chicago Blackhawks opponents have earned 60 power play tries (25th in hockey) and have come away with 9 goals in those attempts. For the season, they have tallied 18 points and their points percentage is sitting at .409. Chicago has tried 617 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 7.6%. When talking about scoring goals, the Chicago Blackhawks have tallied 47 goals (30th in the league) on the season and have allowed 70. Chicago is sitting with 70 power play chances and they have scored 12 goals during those advantages, earning them a rate of 17.14%.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury has been in net for 898 games over the course of his hockey career. He has compiled an overall mark of 498-285-82 and he started in 742 games. Opponents have racked up 2,210 goals against Fleury in his pro career and his average for goals against per game is 2.55. Fleury has seen 25,466 shots taken against him and has recorded 23,256 total saves. His save percentage sits at .913 for his 51,953 mins between the pipes. For his career, Fleury has recorded 411 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .554.
Their last time out, New York went up against the Flyers in a game where the Rangers ended up with the victory by a mark of 4-1. They had 2 chances on the power play in this game and earned 1 goal out of those tries. The Rangers had 4 goals of the 28 shots on goal they pursued. Their PDO at even strength was 107 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 48.0%. New York wound up with a 48.8% Corsi rating. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game New York had and they looked like the better team in this game. Their Fenwick rate was 48.4% by compiling a Fenwick of 30 and the Flyers having earned a 32 Fenwick at even strength.
The Rangers have tallied 50 goals at even strength and 13 goals (14th in professional hockey) while having a power play advantage. New York has taken 594 shots (30th in pro hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 10.61%, while allowing the other team 679 shots. This season, the New York Rangers have tallied 63 goals, 31 points, and a points percentage of .738. They have recorded 61 power play chances and they have earned a power play percentage of 21.31%. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 81.54% on their opponents 65 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently sits at 91.9%. They have allowed 55 goals to be scored by of a combination of 43 goals at even strength and 12 goals while they were shorthanded.
Across the ice you are likely to see Alexandar Georgiev in net. Opponents are averaging 3.01 goals per contest and he has yielded 278 goals overall. Georgiev's rate of quality starts comes out to 50.0% and he has qualified for 47 quality starts in his professional career. He has been a starter 94 contests and has been on the ice for 5,549 minutes. Georgiev has a career record of 45-39-10 and has participated in 102 games. He has compiled 2,779 stops out of 3,057 shots taken against him, which gives him a save % of .909.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take New York (-195)
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