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#71 Chicago Blackhawks 6.5
vs. #72 Toronto Maple Leafs -210

Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:05pm EST
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto
Written by The Admiral
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs NHL: Saturday, January 18, Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario, 7:00 PM ET Saturday night’s interconference clash at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto will see the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second and last time this regular season. The Blackhawks defeated the Maple Leafs 5-4 as slight -105 home dogs in November, recording their second straight win over Toronto. Chicago has owned the Maple Leafs, winning 15 of their last 20 encounters. The Blackhawks have improved since mid-December, and they bring a three-game winning streak into this clash. On the other side, the Maple Leafs were terrific in December, but they lost four of the previous five games in January.

The Blackhawks stormed the front to upset the Canadiens in Montreal

Chicago is coming off a 4-1 victory at the Montreal Canadiens this past Wednesday. The Blackhawks broke the deadlock shorthanded early in the first period and were up 2-0 after just 8:32 of play as Zack Smith scored twice. Alex DeBrincat scored a power-play goal in the second period, while Drake Caggiula sealed the win 11:40 into the third period. Corey Crawford had a great game against the Canadiens, turning aside 32 of 33 shots to snap his two-game skid. Crawford is 8-13-2 this season and has a 3.00 GAA and a .908 save percentage. Robin Lehner is 14-7-4 with a 2.85 GAA and a .923 save percentage, recording four wins over his last five starts. The Blackhawks are tied-17th in the league in goals against (3.10) and seventh in penalty killing (83.0%). On the other side, Chicago scores 2.90 goals per contest (20th in the league). The Blackhawks struggle with the man advantage, converting just 15.6% of their power-play opportunities (27th). Patrick Kane is their best player this season, no doubt. He’s scored 24 goals along with 36 assists thus far. Kane couldn’t find the net in six straight outings, but he’s been tallying at least an assists per game in that span.
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