Chicago Blackhawks vs Philadelphia Flyers: Game Preview, Analysis, and Pick *2-0 NHL...

Chicago Blackhawks vs Philadelphia Flyers: Game Preview, Analysis, and Pick *2-0 NHL Start*

2010 Stanley Cup Rematch


NHL Record: 2-0 +2.0 Units

Chicago Blackhawks (3-0-1) vs Philadelphia Flyers (1-2-2)

The Chicago Blackhawks will play host to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night in the United Center. Corey Crawford has been ruled out with an upper body injury, so Antti Raanta will get the start in net for the home team. He was 13-5-4 with a 2.71 goals-against average and .897 save percentage as a rookie during the 2013-14 season. Goaltender Steve Mason will start in net for the Flyers. He is 0-2-1 with a 3.78 goals-against average and .865 save percentage this season.

Kris Versteeg will make his return for the Blackhawks tonight. Joel Quenville has shuffled his lines with the addition of 23 to the line up, looking to get more offense going. The Blackhawks are averaging 3.0 goals per game, but have struggled in their last 2 outings to score goals.

Philadelphia got off to a slow start this year, but is coming off a come from behind win against Dallas. They have two games left on their road trip with the finale coming against rival, Pittsburgh. The Flyers have had no problem putting the puck in the net, averaging 3.4 goals per game.

Posted Line and Totals

Chicago -195 vs Philadelphia +168

O/U 5.5 Goals

Team Statistics

Chicago

GF/GA: 3.0/1.8

Shots on Goal: 40.0

Shots on Goal Allowed: 23.8

Difference: +16.2 Shots

Power Play: Average 5.3 Power Plays per game with a 14.3% success rate.

Short Handed: Averaging 3.8 Penalties per game with a 87% kill rate.

Philadelphia

GF/GA: 3.4/4.2

Shots on Goal: 34.0

Shots on Goal Allowed: 29.6

Difference: +4.4 Shots

Power Play: Average 4.4 Power Plays per game with a 31.8% success rate.

Short Handed: Averaging 2.6 Penalties per game with a 77% kill rate.

Prediction and Play

The Blackhawks have dominated games with their puck possession, but have not been able to light the lamp on a consistent basis yet. However, they are still 3-0-1 and one of only three teams yet to lose in regular time. Steve Mason has struggled all year and a team that is going to throw 40+ shots at him tonight is not what he needs. Antti Raanta just learned he was going to get the start for Chicago and will be making his first start of the year. Joel Quenville has tinkered with the lines to get more offense. Again, the Blackhawks are way too over priced to play straight up, although they should win the play on this game is over 5.5 goals.

Play: Over 5.5 Goals -125

 

 

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