Chicago Blackhawks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Game Preview 1/18/20

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Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and the Chicago Blackhawks will do battle against Mitchell Marner, Auston Matthews, and the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena in an Original Six tilt. The match will get going at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18 and it’ll be televised live on CBC Sports.

Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs Odds

The Maple Leafs (-210) are currently heavily favored over the Blackhawks (+175) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals (-125 for the over, +105 for the under).

Toronto is 25-23 straight up (SU) and has recorded -6.6 units for moneyline bettors thus far. That early-season winning percentage is fairly close to the 46-36 record the team posted during the 2018-19 season campaign. Through 48 regular season contests, 27 of the team’s games have gone over the total, while 19 have gone under and just two have pushed. This year, the team’s 12-12 SU at home.

The Maple Leafs have converted on 23.7 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s good enough for fifth-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 25th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 76.1 percent of all penalties.

Averaging 28.1 saves per game with a .912 save percentage, Frederik Andersen (22 wins, 16 losses, and six OT losses) has been the primary option in goal for Toronto this year. If head coach Sheldon Keefe decides to give him a breather, however, the team could go with Michael Hutchinson (3-9-9 record, .885 save percentage, 3.83 goals against average).

Chicago has netted 0.8 units for moneyline bettors this season and is currently 22-26 straight up (SU). A total of 25 of its contests have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Blackhawks are 11-12 SU as the visiting team this season.

The Blackhawks have converted on just 15.5 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked eighth overall and it’s successfully defended 83.0 percent of all opponent power plays.

Robin Lehner (.923 save percentage and 2.85 goals against average) has been the main option in goal for Chicago. Lehner is averaging 32.0 saves per game and owns a 14-13-5 record.

Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Predictions

Pick: SU Winner – Maple Leafs, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • Six of Toronto’s last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 4-2 overall in those games.
  • The Blackhawks are 7-10 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 16-19 in games where they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 total minutes.
  • Two of Toronto’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 0-2 in those games and 1-4 overall in shootouts this season.
  • Chicago is ranked 17th this season with 10.3 giveaways per game. That figure’s trended higher lately, as the team’s averaged 11.3 giveaways over its last 10 games and 11.8 giveaways over its last five.
  • Toronto has averaged 14.6 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 11.4 giveaways per game (ranked 24th in the NHL).
  • Chicago skaters have accounted for the league’s seventh-most hits per game (24.0), but that number’s down to just 13.6 hits over their last five away games.