Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, 1/15/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Friday, January 15, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+185) Lightning (-233)
Amalie Arena is the venue where Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Tampa Bay Lightning will play the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. The Blackhawks open this contest at +185 while the Lightning are coming in at -233. The total opens at 6.5.
The Blackhawks were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 4 - 3 loss to the Golden Knights their last time out last season. The Blackhawks had an average offensive output in this loss. In the game, they converted 3 out of the 26 shots they attempted. Moreover, they had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to score. Chicago earned 2 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Blackhawks sat at 50 and the Corsi against was 66 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 43.1%. Their Fenwick sat at 34 while the Fenwick against was 48, telling us they have a rate of 41.5%. They won 25 face-off wins at even strength and lost 21 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 32.4% and they had a PDO of 103.6 in this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Vegas Golden Knights racked up a total of 39 shots. They ended the game with 2 minutes in the box and they earned 1 power play chance.
The man looking after the net for Chicago is Malcolm Subban from Toronto, Ontario. He is 26 years old and played 1,134 mins in goal for the year. Subban gave up 3.17 goals per contest which had him ranked 30th among Western Conference goaltenders and 57th in the NHL among goalies. During the season, he gave up 60 goals. His save % was .890 which had him ranked 33rd among Western Conference goaltenders. Chicago scored a total of 208 goals which ranked them 9th in the conference and 19th in the NHL. Their goal differential was -6, putting them at 22nd in the NHL. The Blackhawks had a total of 72 pts, which ranked them 23rd in the NHL and 12th in the West. With regard to shots at the opposing goalie, they had a total of 2,227 which ranked them 5th in the conference and 11th in the NHL. As a team, Chicago had a total of 1,424 hits which means they had an average of 20.3 per game. They had a total of 874 blocks for the season.
The Lightning went up against the Stars in a game where the Lightning notched a win by a mark of 2 - 0 in their final game of the season. Tampa Bay had a 49.5% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 45 while they conceded a Corsi of 46. Their Fenwick rate was 52.5% with a Fenwick of 31 and the Stars ending the game with a 28 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Tampa Bay had and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. They had a PDO at even strength of 104.2 and they had an oZS percentage of 51.4%. The Lightning notched 2 goals of the 29 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 power play chances in this one and were able to notch 1 out of those opportunities. On the other side of the ice, the Stars had 3 power play opportunities but didn't tally a goal. Tampa Bay gave way to 22 shots on goal and the Stars had 6 penalty minutes.
In goal for Tampa Bay is Andrei Vasilevskiy who had an ok year by allowing 2.56 goals per contest and that had him ranked 9th in the East and 14th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 3,122 minutes he has played last season, he surrendered 133 goals. He held a save % of .917, which had him sitting 7th in the East and 18th in the NHL among goaltenders. Regarding goal differential, Tampa ranked 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the league with +49. They compiled a total of 243 goals for the year which ranked 1st in the Eastern Conference. Tampa Bay had a team save percentage of .910 which had them ranked 9th in the league, which means there should be some chances to score. They had a shooting percentage of 11.2% which put them at 1st in the Eastern Conference.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago (+185)
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