Dallas Stars vs. Arizona Coyotes - 12/29/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Dallas Stars vs Arizona Coyotes
Date: Sunday, December 29, 2019
Location: Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Stars (+131) Coyotes (-145)
Antti Raanta and the Arizona Coyotes (21-14-4, 1st in the Pacific Division) host the Dallas Stars (20-14-4, 4th in the Central Division) at Gila River Arena on Sunday, December 29, 2019. The moneyline on this contest has the Stars coming in at +131 and the Coyotes are at -145. The over/under is set at 6. The Stars cover 51.4% of the time, having gone 19-18 SU. Arizona covers 47.1% of the time, going 16-18 straight up.
The Dallas Stars head into this game holding a record of 20 wins and 14 defeats, which is good for 4th in the Central Division. So far this year, they have earned a total of 99 goals which ranks 14th in the Western Conference and 28th in the league. Their goal differential is +4, which is good for 16th in the league. The Stars currently have a total of 44 pts, which ranks 14th in the league and 7th in the West. In the matter of shots on goal, they currently have a total of 1,162 which ranks 12th in the Western Conference and 22nd in the league. As a unit, Dallas currently has a total of 722 hits which has them averaging 19 per game. They currently have a total of 484 blocks for this year. Protecting the goal for Dallas is Ben Bishop from Denver, Colorado. He is 33 years old and has totaled 1,449 mins protecting the goal for the campaign. Bishop is giving up 2.36 goals per contest which places him at 4th in the Western Conference and 10th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this year, he's allowed 57 goals. He holds a save % of .924 which places him at 6th in the Western Conference.
The Dallas Stars will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 5 - 1 defeat against the Calgary Flames their last time out. The Stars could have played much better offensively in the defeat. In this matchup, they netted 1 of the 27 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 3 power play opportunities but didn't net one. Dallas had 12 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Stars was 45 and the Corsi against was 45 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 50.0%. Their Fenwick was 30 while the Fenwick against was 35, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 46.2%. They earned 23 face-off wins at even strength and lost 23 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 48.6% and they had a PDO of 100.0 in this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Calgary Flames racked up a total of 30 shots. They finished with 18 penalty mins and they tallied 5 power play attempts.
The Coyotes will be the team across the ice and for the season they have 21 wins and 14 losses. When talking about goal differential, they are currently ranked 3rd in the Western Conference and 10th in the NHL with +10. They currently have a total of 107 goals for the season which is 10th in the conference. Arizona has a save percentage as a team of .923 which currently has them ranked 1st in the NHL, which means they are a tough group to score against. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.8% ranking them 11th in the conference. In goal for Arizona is Antti Raanta who is having an average season by giving up 2.70 goals per game and that ranks him 10th in the West and 22nd among goalies in the NHL. In the 845 minutes he has been on the ice this year, he's surrendered 38 goals. His save % is .921, which ranks him 8th in the West and 12th among goalies in the NHL.
The Arizona Coyotes faced the Nashville Predators in a matchup where the Coyotes were on the wrong end of the score by a final of 3 - 2. In this matchup, Arizona wound up with a 43.2% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 51 and their opponent having a Corsi of 67. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 40.9% by earning a Fenwick of 38 and the Predators having a 55 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Arizona had and it could be said that this team has had better games. Their PDO at even strength was 99.8 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 40.0%. The Coyotes notched 2 goals of the 28 shots on goal they took. They had 2 power play chances in this game but weren't able to score a goal. In discussing the opposition, the Predators had 1 power play opportunity but didn't tally a goal. Arizona gave up 41 shots on goal and the Predators ended up with 4 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Arizona (-145)
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