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#13 Chicago Blackhawks 6.5 vs.
#14 Ottawa Senators -115
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7:35pm EST
Canadian Tire Cenre, Ontario
Written by Nick Raffoul



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The Chicago Blackhawks will travel to the Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday evening as they prepare for an Eastern Conference clash versus the Ottawa Senators.

The Senators have compiled the second-lowest point total in the Eastern Conference with just 39 points through their first 45 games. While Chicago hasn’t been nearly as bad, the Blackhawks still find themselves tied for last place in a heated Central Division race. The Blackhawks are on a point-per-game pace with 46 points in 46 games this season. Can Chicago continue its resurgence on the road in Ottawa on Tuesday night?

Blackhawks hoping to make postseason push

The Blackhawks got back on the winning track on Saturday night with a 4-2 victory over the lowly Anaheim Ducks. Rookie Dominik Kubalik scored twice and Jonathan Toews finished with a goal and an assist for Chicago while Robin Lehner stopped 35 shots to earn the win.

While the Blackhawks come into the week tied for last place in the division race, there is still plenty of time to get back into the playoff picture. Chicago has been playing its best hockey of the year, and the last time I checked, Patrick Kane was still playing at a high level, so don’t count out the Blackhawks just yet. Kane is on pace for 101 points and the team is only eight points back of the Wild Card pace with just under half of the regular season left to play.

Chicago will turn to Lehner between the pipes once again for Tuesday’s matchup in Ottawa. The 28-year-old is 13-7-4 with a 2.88 GAA and .923 save percentage in 26 games (24 starts) in his first season with the Blackhawks. Lehner is proving that his breakout campaign with the NY Islanders from a year ago was no joke and he’s coming off his best month of the season. In 10 December games (nine starts), he went 7-1-1 with a 2.90 GAA and .923 save percentage. Lehner, who was drafted by the Senators in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft, made two starts against Ottawa last season, going 1-0-0 with a 2.70 GAA and .886 save percentage in those matchups. Lehner played parts of five seasons with the Senators, so expect him to be fired up for this game.

Sens outplay Canadiens but lose in overtime

Ottawa dropped its seventh consecutive contest on Tuesday night, falling short at home in overtime 2-1 versus the Montreal Canadiens. Drake Batherson scored and Marcus Hogberg stopped 23 of 25 shots in a losing effort. Ottawa outshot Montreal 42 to 25 and put major pressure on Montreal in the final moments of regulation but could not find a way to beat Canadiens’ goalie Carey Price.

Speaking of goaltenders, the writing is on the wall for 38-year-old veteran Craig Anderson. Over his nearly decade-long stint in Ottawa, the veteran never truly relinquished the No. 1 goaltending job. But now, his reign is finally coming to an end, as head coach D.J. Smith announced that Anderson would be on the bench for the third consecutive contest. Anderson has posted a paltry .851 save percentage over his last four starts and the club seems to be transitioning towards a future without their longtime starter between the pipes.

Marcus Hogberg is scheduled to patrol the crease for the Senators in Tuesday’s game at home against the Blackhawks. Hogberg will be making just his 12th career NHL start but has been solid when given the opportunity. The 25-year-old has just one regulation loss in nine games (seven starts), yet he enters riding a streak of five consecutive losses. Hogberg is 1-2-4 with a 3.02 GAA and .901 save percentage so far this season.

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You have to like Chicago’s chances on the road in this matchup. While Hogberg hasn’t played all that poorly, the fact remains that Ottawa has just one win in the nine games that he’s appeared in this season. The Blackhawks closed out their homestand with a win and they have been trending up as of late, winning 7 of their last 11 games. Lehner has been particularly good over the last month and Chicago has won 7 of his last 9 starts as a result. Take Chicago to come out on top on the road in this matchup on Tuesday evening. 

Prediction: Chicago Blackhawks -105

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These two teams are pegged for 6.5 goals but that number seems a bit high considering the way these two goalies have been playing as of late. Hogberg has performed well in two January starts, sporting a healthy .922 save percentage over his last two games. The Senators haven’t given him much offensive support when he’s been between the pipes either, so this could turn into another low-scoring affair. Over his last four starts, Ottawa has scored just 1.5 goals per game. With Lehner guarding the cage for the Blackhawks, look for this game to stay under the projected total on Tuesday night.

Prediction: Under 6.5

Written By Nick Raffoul

Shortly after graduating with an Honors in Business Administration, Nick turned his attention from traditional stocks and bonds to investing in the performance of sports teams. And has now joined our team here at Winners & Whiners. Nick uses a combination of advanced stats and historical data to create sports investment models to identify value and generate consistent profits. Let Nick win for you.