Detroit Red Wings vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, 2/28/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Detroit Red Wings vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Sunday, February 28, 2021
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Red Wings (+125) Blackhawks (-145)
Kevin Lankinen and the Chicago Blackhawks (11-6-4) play the Detroit Red Wings (6-13-3) at United Center on Sunday. The Blackhawks open this matchup at -145 while the Red Wings are priced at +125. The over/under is set at 5.5.
The Red Wings were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 5-2 victory over the Predators in their last game. The Red Wings had a good offensive output in the victory. In the matchup, they were able to notch a goal on 5 of the 32 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 3 chances with the advantage but didn't convert them into a score. Detroit accumulated 8 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Red Wings came in at 51 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 50 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 50.5%. Their Fenwick was 39 and the Fenwick against was 44, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 47.0%. They had a tally of 27 face-off wins when at even strength and lost on 19 opportunities to win the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 33.5% and they had a PDO of 113.7 for this one.
The Red Wings have had 661 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .897. At even strength, the Red Wings let the opposition score 49 goals while notching 40 themselves. Detroit Red Wings opponents have earned 64 power play tries (14th in hockey) and have scored 19 goals in those chances. For the current campaign, they have earned 15 points and their points percentage comes in at .341. Detroit has tried 606 shots and has a shot percentage of 7.3%. When it comes to their goal scoring prowess, the Detroit Red Wings have earned 44 goals (26th in the NHL) over the course of the season and have given up 68. Detroit comes into the game with 66 power play opportunities and they have notched 4 goals during those advantages, garnering them a rate of 6.06%.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Thomas Greiss. Over the course of his time in hockey, Greiss has tallied 143 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .548. He has a save percentage of .914 for his 15,917 mins on the ice. Greiss has had 8,139 shot attempts taken against him and he has 7,436 total saves. Opponents have racked up 703 goals versus Greiss in his professional hockey career and his average for goals against per game is 2.65. He has accumulated a mark of 138-100-31 and was named the starter in 261 games. Greiss has participated in 296 contests over the course of his professional hockey career.
In their last game, Chicago faced off against the Blue Jackets in an outing where the Blackhawks notched a victory by a score of 2-0. They had a PDO of 108 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 53.6%. They had 1 opportunity on the power play in this outing but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Their Fenwick percentage was 45.1% by tallying a Fenwick of 32 and the Blue Jackets ending the game with a 39 Fenwick. The Blackhawks earned 2 goals of the 27 shots on goal they tried. Chicago earned a 46.9% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Chicago played and it could be said that this team has had better games.
The Blackhawks have earned 41 goals at even strength and 21 goals (3rd in the NHL) while on the power play. Chicago has put up 636 shots (5th in hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 9.75%, while allowing the opposition 702 shots. So far this year, the Chicago Blackhawks are sitting with 62 goals, 26 points, in addition to a points percentage of .619. They have earned 64 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 32.81%. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 77.27% on the other teams 66 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage sits at 91.6%. They have permitted 59 goals to be scored by of a combination of 44 goals at even strength and 15 goals while they were shorthanded.
Across the ice you will find Kevin Lankinen defending the goal. Lankinen has accrued a career mark of 8-3-3 and has played in 14 contests. Lankinen's percentage of quality starts sits at 64.3% and he has earned 9 quality starts in his career. He has accrued 433 stops out of the 470 shots attempted, which gives him a percentage of .921. The opposition is averaging 2.59 goals per contest and he has yielded 37 goals in total. He got the starting nod in 14 contests and his ice time sits at 857 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago (-145)
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