Colorado Avalanche vs. Dallas Stars - 12/28/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Colorado Avalanche vs Dallas Stars
Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Avalanche (+100) Stars (-110)
Ben Bishop and the Dallas Stars (20-14-4, 4th in the Central Division) play the Colorado Avalanche (23-11-3, 2nd in the Central Division) at American Airlines Center on Saturday, December 28, 2019. The Avalanche open this matchup at +100 while the Stars are priced at -110. The total has been set at 5.5. The Avalanche are covering 62.2% of the time, having gone 23-14 SU. The Stars are covering 51.4% of the time, going 19-18 straight up.
The Colorado Avalanche step onto the ice holding a record of 23 victories and 11 defeats, ranking them 2nd in the Central Division. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 134 goals which is good for 1st in the Western Conference and 2nd in the league. Their goal differential is +31, ranking them 2nd in the league. The Avalanche have a total of 49 points, which is good for 5th in the league and 2nd in the West. When looking at shots on goal, they have a total of 1,180 which is good for 7th in the conference and 16th in the league. As a team, Colorado has compiled a total of 653 hits which means they have an average of 17.6 per contest. They have a total of 457 blocks for the season. Looking after the goal for Colorado is Philipp Grubauer from Rosenheim, Germany. He is 28 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,176 minutes defending the goal this year. Grubauer is giving up an average of 2.86 GAA which puts him at 15th among Western Conference goalies and 31st in the NHL among goaltenders. For the season, he's surrendered 56 goals. He has a save percentage of .913 which puts him at 14th among Western Conference goalies.
The Colorado Avalanche will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 7 - 3 win against the Vegas Golden Knights their last time out. The Avalanche had a solid offensive outing in the win. For this matchup, they earned a goal on 7 of the 38 shots they tried. In addition, they had 5 power play attempts and were able to score 2 goals out of those chances. Colorado earned 9 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Corsi for the Avalanche was 55 and the Corsi against was 47 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 53.9%. Their Fenwick sat at 43 while the Fenwick against sat at 38, giving them a rate of 53.1%. They earned 35 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 25 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 55.6% and they had a PDO at even strength of 101.8 for this one. Concerning opponent stats, the Vegas Golden Knights racked up a total of 32 shots. They had a total of 17 penalty mins and they tallied 1 power play opportunity.
The Stars are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 20 victories and 14 losses. When looking at goal differential, they are ranked 7th in the Western Conference and 16th in the NHL with +4. They currently have a total of 99 goals for the year which ranks 12th in the West. Dallas has a save percentage as a team of .921 which currently has them sitting 2nd in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.5% which puts them at 12th in the conference. In goal for Dallas is Ben Bishop who is having an average season by allowing 2.36 GAA and that has him 5th among Western Conference goaltenders and 9th in the NHL. In the 1,449 mins he's been on the ice this season, he's given up 57 goals. He has a save % of .924, which has him ranked 6th among Western Conference goaltenders and 10th in the NHL.
The Dallas Stars opposed the Calgary Flames in an outing where the Stars ended up losing by a final score of 5 - 1. In their game, Dallas had a 50.0% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 45 while their opponent had a Corsi of 45. Their Fenwick rate came in at 46.2% by notching a Fenwick of 30 and the Flames earning a 35 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Dallas played and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. Their PDO was 100.0 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 48.6%. The Stars notched 1 goal of the 27 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play chances in this outing but weren't able to notch a goal. In discussing their opponent, the Flames had 5 power play opportunities and took advantage of the situation by scoring 3 goals. Dallas gave way to 30 shots on goal and the Flames earned 18 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Dallas (-110)
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Get all of Tonight's NHL Picks.
Get all of Tonight's guaranteed Expert NHL Picks.