Dallas Stars vs. Florida Panthers - 12/20/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Dallas Stars vs Florida Panthers
Date: Friday, December 20, 2019
Location: BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Stars (+122) Panthers (-135)
Sergei Bobrovsky and the Florida Panthers (16-12-5, 6th in the Atlantic Division) play the Dallas Stars (19-12-4, 4th in the Central Division) at BB&T Center on Friday, December 20, 2019. The line on this matchup has the Stars coming in at +122 and the Panthers are at -135. The total has been set at 6. The Stars cover 52.9% of the time, having gone 18-16 SU. The Panthers cover 43.3% of the time, going 13-17 straight up.
The Dallas Stars step onto the ice with a record of 19 victories and 12 defeats, putting them at 4th in the Central Division. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 90 goals which puts them at 14th in the Western Conference and 27th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +10, putting them at 11th in the NHL. The Stars have earned a total of 42 points, which puts them at 11th in the NHL and 6th in the West. Regarding shots on goal, they have earned a total of 1,084 which puts them at 8th in the conference and 17th in the NHL. As a unit, Dallas has earned a total of 662 hits which means they have an average of 18.9 per contest. They have earned a total of 452 blocks for the year. The man between the pipes for Dallas is Ben Bishop from Denver, Colorado. He is 33 years old and has racked up 1,362 minutes defending the goal for the season. Bishop is conceding an average of 2.07 goals per contest which has him placed 2nd among Western Conference goalies and 4th in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has surrendered 47 goals. His save percentage is .933 which has him placed 3rd among Western Conference goalies.
The Dallas Stars will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 2 - 1 defeat against the Edmonton Oilers the last time they stepped on the ice. The Stars didn't have a great showing offensively in this defeat. For this game, they finished 1 of the 35 shots they looked to score on. They also had 3 power play chances but weren't able to net one. Dallas racked up a total of 12 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Stars was 58 and the Corsi against was 29 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 66.7%. Their Fenwick was 40 while the Fenwick against at even strength sat at 24, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 62.5%. They earned 17 face-off wins and lost 9 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 65.9% and they had a PDO of 97.8 in this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Edmonton Oilers racked up a total of 28 shots. They had 6 penalty mins and they earned 6 power play chances.
The Panthers will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the campaign they sit with 16 wins and 12 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they sit 8th in the East and 13th in the NHL with +6. They currently have a total of 112 goals for this year which puts them at 5th in the East. Florida has a save % as a team of .897 which is good for 25th in the NHL, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a shooting percentage of 10.1% putting them at 6th in the conference. In goal for Florida is Sergei Bobrovsky who is having a tough campaign by allowing 3.06 goals per game and that places him 24th in the East and 49th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,511 mins he has been on the ice, he has given up 77 goals. He has a save percentage of .903, which has him ranked 23rd in the East and 45th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Florida Panthers played the Ottawa Senators in a game where the Panthers ended up with the victory by a final of 6 - 1. For this outing, Florida went home with a 45.1% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 37 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 45. They had a Fenwick percentage of 46.8% with a Fenwick of 29 and the Senators having earned a 33 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Florida had and we'd say they played well overall. Their PDO was 118.9 and their oZS percentage was 63.0%. The Panthers notched 6 goals of the 31 shots on goal they pursued. They had 5 power play attempts in this game and netted 1 out of those opportunities. As for their opponent, the Senators had 1 power play chance but were not able to take advantage. Florida conceded 30 shots on goal and the Senators earned a total of 16 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Florida (-135)
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