Toronto Maple Leafs vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, 2/19/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Sunday, February 19, 2023
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
The Toronto Maple Leafs (33-14-8) are en route to United Center on Sunday where they will play the Chicago Blackhawks (16-32-5).
The Toronto Maple Leafs came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 5-2 victory against the Blackhawks in their previous game. Toronto accumulated 6 penalty minutes for this game. Additionally, they had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to make the most of them. The Maple Leafs played really well in this victory. In the game, they tallied a score on 5 out of the 42 shots they put on goal.
In the matter of their scoring, the Toronto Maple Leafs have notched 186 goals (7th in the National Hockey League) so far this year and have conceded 146. For the current season, they have 74 points and their points percentage is sitting at .673. Toronto steps onto the ice with 172 power play chances and they have scored 43 goals during those chances, giving them a percentage of 25.00%. While at even strength, the Maple Leafs have surrendered 113 goals while earning 143 when they are on offense. Toronto has attempted 1,770 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 10.5%. The Maple Leafs have had 1,594 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .908. Toronto Maple Leafs opponents have earned 170 power play tries (17th in pro hockey) and have a total of 33 goals in those chances.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Ilya Samsonov. Opponents have been able to score 289 goals against Samsonov in his career and his goals against average per game is 2.69. Samsonov has been in goal for 116 games over the course of his pro hockey career. His save percentage is .906 in his 6,448 minutes played. He has earned an overall mark of 71-28-10 and he has gotten the start in 105 games. For his professional hockey career, Samsonov has recorded 50 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .476. Samsonov has had 3,074 shots taken against him and has recorded 2,785 total saves.
In their last outing, Chicago went up against the Maple Leafs in an outing where the Blackhawks ended up taking the loss by a score of 5-2. The Blackhawks recorded 2 goals of the 29 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 power play chances in this game but weren't able to notch a goal.
The Blackhawks have 100 goals at even strength and 27 goals (29th in pro hockey) while having more men on the ice. Chicago has attempted 1,413 shots (32nd in professional hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 8.99%, while allowing the other team 1,782 shots. For the year, the Chicago Blackhawks have earned 127 goals, 37 points, as well as a points percentage of .349. They have allowed 193 goals to be scored by of a combination of 155 goals at even strength and 38 goals while they had less men on the ice. They have earned 153 chances on the power play and they have a power play rate of 17.65%. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 76.10% on the other teams 159 power play tries, and their save percentage comes in at 89.2%.
On the other side of the ice you will find Petr Mrazek defending the goal. He is sitting with 7,963 stops out of 8,779 shots taken, giving him a rate of .907. Mrazek is the owner of a lifetime record of 145-117-33 and has participated in 319 games. He has started in 292 games and has played for a total of 17,840 mins. Mrazek's quality start rate comes out to 50.0% and he has 146 quality starts in his pro hockey career. Teams are averaging 2.74 goals/game and he has conceded 816 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago
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