Chicago Blackhawks vs Washington Capitals Prediction, 12/2/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Washington Capitals
Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+180) Capitals (-225)
Marc-Andre Fleury and the Chicago Blackhawks (7-12-2) go to Capital One Arena on Thursday where they'll meet the Washington Capitals (14-4-5). The odds on this matchup have the Blackhawks coming in at +180 and the Capitals are at -225. The total has been set at 6.
The Blackhawks will look to clean up some issues after taking a 2-0 loss to the Sharks in their last contest. The Corsi for the Blackhawks was sitting at 67 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 46 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 59.3%. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 65.6% and their PDO was 90.5 for this game. Chicago earned 4 minutes in the box for this game. The Blackhawks didn't have their best offensive outing in this loss. Their Fenwick came in at 39 and the Fenwick against was 30, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 56.5%. They had 21 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 22 attempts to gain puck control. They also had 2 opportunities with more players on the ice but didn't convert them into a score. For the game, they ended the night with no scores out of the 29 shots they tried.
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The Blackhawks have had 669 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .900. At even strength, the Blackhawks have given up 58 goals while getting 33 of their own. Chicago Blackhawks opponents have totaled 59 power play opportunities (24th in the league) and have come away with 9 goals in those chances. For the year, they have earned 16 points and their points percentage sits at .381. Chicago has taken 589 shots and has a shooting percentage of 7.5%. When it comes to their goal scoring prowess, the Chicago Blackhawks have accumulated 44 goals (30th in the league) on the season and have surrendered 67. Chicago has tallied 68 power play chances and they have notched 11 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a rate of 16.18%.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Marc-Andre Fleury. Over the course of his career, Fleury has tallied 411 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .555. He has a save percentage of .913 for his 51,888 mins played. Fleury has seen 25,438 shot attempts against him and has recorded 23,231 saves. The opposition has scored 2,207 goals versus Fleury in his pro career and his average for goals against per game is 2.55. He has earned an overall mark of 497-285-82 and he was named the starter in 741 games. Fleury has been involved in 897 contests over the course of his NHL career.
When they were on the ice last, Washington faced off against the Panthers in a game where the Capitals ended up losing by a score of 5-4. Their PDO was 112 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 48.3%. They had 2 opportunities on the power play in this matchup but didn't score a goal. Their Fenwick rate was 37.8% by way of having a Fenwick of 31 and the Panthers ending the game with a 51 Fenwick. The Capitals recorded 4 goals out of the 27 shots on goal they tried. Washington had a 40.6% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Washington had and they looked good in this game.
The Capitals have accumulated 69 goals at even strength and 13 goals (10th in the NHL) while having a power play advantage. Washington has put up 712 shots (12th in professional hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 11.52%, while allowing the opposition 651 shots. So far this year, the Washington Capitals have earned a total of 82 goals, 33 points, in addition to a points percentage of .717. They have earned 71 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play percentage of 18.31%. They have a penalty kill percentage of 83.61% on the other teams 61 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently comes in at 91.2%. They have granted a total of 57 goals to be scored by of a combination of 47 goals at even strength and 10 goals while they had less men on the ice.
For the opposition you are likely to see Ilya Samsonov in net. Teams are averaging 2.59 goals/game and he has allowed 137 goals altogether. Samsonov's quality start percentage is 48.0% and he has 24 quality starting assignments in his hockey career. He got the starting nod in 50 games and has played for a total of 3,171 minutes. Samsonov has accrued a career record of 38-11-4 and has played in 57 contests. He is sitting with 1,381 stops out of the 1,518 shots attempted, which gives him a save percentage of .910.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Chicago (+180)
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