Colorado Avalanche vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, 1/28/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Colorado Avalanche vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Friday, January 28, 2022
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Avalanche (-200) Blackhawks (+165)
United Center is where the Chicago Blackhawks (16-20-7) will meet the Colorado Avalanche (30-8-3) on Friday. The moneyline on this matchup has the Avalanche at -200 while the Blackhawks are sitting at +165. The betting total is set at 6.
The Colorado Avalanche were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 4-3 victory over the Bruins the last time they stepped on the ice. Colorado garnered 12 penalty minutes for this game. The Avalanche had a solid offensive output and it showed in the win. In addition, they had 4 power play tries and notched 1 goal. For the outing, they scored on 4 out of the 41 shots they put on goal.
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The Avalanche have had 1,259 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .904. When at even strength, the Avalanche have surrendered 90 goals while getting 130 on the offensive side of the ice. Colorado Avalanche opponents have 124 power play opportunities (13th in the NHL) and have racked up 31 goals in those chances. For the year, they have 63 points and their points percentage is .768. Colorado has taken 1,437 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 11.7%. In the matter of their goal scoring prowess, the Colorado Avalanche have accounted for 168 goals (2nd in the NHL) for the year and have given up 121. Colorado is sitting with 153 power play opportunities and they have added 38 goals during those advantages, garnering them a percentage of 24.84%.
The man in goal for this game is Darcy Kuemper. Kuemper has been involved in 271 matchups during his pro hockey career. He has accumulated an overall mark of 126-88-33 and got the start in 254 games. Opponents have racked up 631 goals against Kuemper in his pro hockey career and his goals against average is 2.49. Kuemper has seen 7,542 shot attempts against him and has recorded 6,911 saves. His save percentage currently is .916 during his 15,214 mins on the ice. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Kuemper has earned 143 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .563.
When they took the ice last, Chicago went up against the Red Wings in a matchup where the Blackhawks notched a win by a final of 8-5. They had 3 power play attempts in this game and recorded 2 goals out of those tries. The Blackhawks converted 8 goals of the 38 shots on goal they pursued.
The Blackhawks have accumulated 77 goals at even strength and 27 goals (13th in pro hockey) while on the power play. Chicago has attempted 1,231 shots (24th in professional hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 8.45%, while allowing their opponents 1,376 shots. This season, the Chicago Blackhawks have tallied 104 goals, 39 points, as well as a points percentage of .453. They have recorded 136 opportunities on the power play and they have a power play percentage of 19.85%. They have a penalty kill percentage of 75.40% on their opponents 126 power play tries, and their save percentage currently comes in at 89.8%. They have permitted 141 goals to be scored by of a combination of 110 goals at even strength and 31 goals while they were shorthanded.
Across the rink you are expected to see Marc-Andre Fleury protecting the goal. He has accounted for 23,668 stops out of 25,919 shots tried, which gives him a save percentage of .913. Fleury has earned a lifetime mark of 506-289-85 and has played in 913 games. He has been a starter 757 games and has played 52,836 minutes. Fleury's rate of quality starts comes out to 55.5% and he has 420 quality starts in his hockey career. Teams are averaging 2.56 goals per contest and he has relinquished 2,251 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Colorado (-200)
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