Dallas Stars vs. Nashville Predators - 12/14/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Dallas Stars vs Nashville Predators
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Stars (+128) Predators (-141)
Bridgestone Arena is the venue where Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators (14-11-5, 6th in the Central Division) will take on the Dallas Stars (18-11-3, 4th in the Central Division) on Saturday. The Stars open this game at +128 while the Predators are priced at -141. The O/U has been set at 5.5. The Stars cover 54.8% of the time, having gone 17-14 SU. The Predators cover 44.8% of the time, going 13-16 straight up.
The Dallas Stars head into this matchup with a record of 18 wins and 11 defeats, which puts them at 4th in the Central Division. During the year thus far, they have converted a total of 83 goals which ranks 13th in the conference and 26th in the league. Their goal differential is +9, which puts them at 11th in the league. The Stars currently have a total of 39 pts, which ranks 13th in the league and 7th in the conference. When looking at shots on goal, they currently have a total of 997 which ranks 8th in the conference and 18th in the league. As a unit, Dallas has racked up a total of 472 hits which has them averaging 14.8 per contest. They currently have a total of 361 blocks for this season. Protecting the goal for Dallas is Ben Bishop from Denver, Colorado. He is 33 years old and has played 1,244 minutes in net for the season. Bishop is giving up an average of 2.03 goals per contest which has him ranking 2nd in the Western Conference and 5th among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he's surrendered 42 goals. He has a save percentage of .934 which has him ranking 2nd in the Western Conference.
The Dallas Stars will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 2 - 0 victory over the New Jersey Devils in their last game. The Stars didn't have their best offensive outing in this win. For this game, they finished 2 out of the 35 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 5 power play opportunities but weren't able to score a goal. Dallas had 6 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Stars sat at 48 and the Corsi against was 24 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 66.7%. Their Fenwick sat at 29 and the Fenwick against was 19, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 60.4%. They won 30 face-off wins at even strength and lost 11 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 59.4% and they had a PDO of 108.0 in this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the New Jersey Devils tallied a total of 26 shots. They had 10 penalty minutes and they earned 3 power play attempts.
The Predators will be the team across the ice and for the year they sit with 14 victories and 11 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they rank 6th in the West and 14th in the league with +5. They have compiled a total of 100 goals for the year which ranks them 4th in the Western Conference. Nashville has a save % as a team of .891 which has them sitting 27th in the league, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a shooting percentage of 9.8% which puts them at 6th in the West. In goal for Nashville is Pekka Rinne who is having a rough year by giving up 2.92 goals against average and that places him 18th among West goaltenders and 37th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 945 minutes he's played, he's given up 46 goals. He has a save percentage of .897, which places him at 24th among West goaltenders and 51st in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Nashville Predators faced off against the Buffalo Sabres in a game where the Predators went home in defeat by a final of 4 - 3. In this matchup, Nashville had a 51.2% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 42 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 40. Their Fenwick rate was 51.5% by notching a Fenwick of 34 and the Sabres ending the game with a 32 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Nashville played and it shows us they played like an average team. Their PDO was 96.2 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 40.0%. The Predators converted 3 goals of the 39 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 power play opportunities in this outing but weren't able to notch a goal. As for their opponent, the Sabres had 1 power play chance but didn't tally a goal. Nashville gave way to 32 shots on goal and the Sabres had 4 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Nashville (-141)
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