Detroit Red Wings vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, 2/27/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Detroit Red Wings vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Red Wings (+135) Blackhawks (-162)
Kevin Lankinen and the Chicago Blackhawks (11-6-4) host the Detroit Red Wings (6-13-3) at United Center on Saturday. The Blackhawks open this game at -162 while the Red Wings are priced at +135. The over/under opens at 5.5.
The Red Wings went home feeling good about their game by earning a 5-2 victory over the Predators in their last game. Their offensive zone starts sat at 33.5% and they had a PDO of 113.7 in this game. They accounted for 27 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 19 attempts to take control of the puck. Their Fenwick came in at 39 and the Fenwick Against sat at 44, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 47.0%. The Corsi for the Red Wings was sitting at 51 and the Corsi against was 50 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 50.5%. Detroit accrued 8 mins in the box in this game. Moreover, they had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to score. The Red Wings had a solid offensive outing and it was apparent in the win. In the matchup, they converted 5 out of the 32 shots they attempted.
With respect to their scoring capabilities, the Detroit Red Wings have accounted for 44 goals (25th in hockey) for the year and have allowed 68. For the current campaign, they have earned 15 points and their points percentage sits at .341. Detroit has tallied 66 power play opportunities and they have added 4 goals out of those attempts, giving them a rate of 6.06%. When playing at even strength, the Red Wings have allowed the opponent to score 49 goals while earning 40 themselves. Detroit has taken 606 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 7.3%. The Red Wings have had 661 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .897. Detroit Red Wings opponents have tallied 64 power play opportunities (13th in hockey) and have scored 19 goals in those attempts.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Thomas Greiss. Greiss has taken the ice for 296 games throughout his NHL career. He has accumulated an overall mark of 138-100-31 and he started in 261 games. The opposition has notched 703 goals versus Greiss in his pro career and his average for goals against per game is 2.65. Greiss has had 8,139 shot attempts taken against him and has recorded 7,436 total saves. He has a save percentage of .914 for his 15,917 mins on the ice. Over the course of his career, Greiss has accumulated 143 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .548.
Their last time out, Chicago faced off against the Blue Jackets in a matchup where the Blackhawks got the win by a tally of 2-0. They had 1 chance on the power play in this one but were not able to net one. The Blackhawks recorded 2 goals of the 27 shots on goal they were seeking. They had a PDO of 108 and they had an oZS percentage of 53.6%. Chicago had a 46.9% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Chicago played and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. Their Fenwick rate came in at 45.1% by accumulating a Fenwick of 32 and the Blue Jackets finishing with a 39 Fenwick.
The Blackhawks have scored 41 goals at even strength and 21 goals (3rd in pro hockey) while on the power play. Chicago has attempted 636 shots (5th in professional hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 9.75%, while allowing the other team 702 shots. So far this season, the Chicago Blackhawks have a total of 62 goals, 26 points, and a points percentage of .619. They have a tally of 64 power play chances and they have a power play percentage of 32.81%. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 77.27% on their opponents 66 tries on the power play, and their save percentage currently sits at 91.6%. They have allowed 59 goals to be scored by way of 44 goals at even strength and 15 goals while they had less men on the ice.
Across the ice you are likely to see Kevin Lankinen between the pipes. He has accounted for 433 stops out of 470 shots attempted against him, giving him a save % of .921. Lankinen is the owner of a career record of 8-3-3 and has been in net for 14 games. He has made the start in 14 games and his ice time sits at 857 mins. Lankinen's percentage of quality starts sits at 64.3% and he has 9 quality starting assignments in his pro hockey career. His opposition is averaging 2.59 goals/game and he has allowed 37 goals overall.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Detroit (+135)
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