Edmonton Oilers vs. Dallas Stars - 12/16/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Edmonton Oilers vs Dallas Stars
Date: Monday, December 16, 2019
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Oilers (+135) Stars (-149)
American Airlines Center is the site where Ben Bishop and the Dallas Stars (19-11-4, 3rd in the Central Division) will take on the Edmonton Oilers (18-13-4, 3rd in the Pacific Division) on Monday. The Stars open this contest at -149 while the Oilers are priced at +135. The O/U is set at 5.5. The Oilers cover 48.5% of the time, having gone 16-17 SU. The Stars cover 54.6% of the time, going 18-15 straight up.
The Edmonton Oilers head into this game holding a record of 18 wins and 13 defeats, ranking them 3rd in the Pacific Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 104 goals which has them sitting at 2nd in the West and 10th in the league. Their goal differential is -4, ranking them 21st in the league. The Oilers currently have a total of 40 points, which has them sitting at 12th in the league and 7th in the West. in respect to shots on goal, they currently have a total of 1,018 which has them sitting at 9th in the Western Conference and 19th in the league. As a team, Edmonton has compiled a total of 720 hits which means they have an average of 20.6 per game. They currently have a total of 439 blocks for this season. The man looking after the net for Edmonton is Mike Smith from Kingston, Ontario. He is 37 years old and has been on the ice a total of 974 minutes in net for the season. Smith is giving up 3.08 goals per contest which has him sitting 26th among West goaltenders and 50th among goaltenders in the NHL. During this season, he has surrendered 50 goals. He has a save percentage of .896 which has him sitting 25th among West goaltenders.
The Edmonton Oilers will need a bounce back game after taking a 4 - 1 defeat to the Toronto Maple Leafs in their previous contest. The Oilers had a below average offensive outing in this defeat. While out there on the ice, they scored on 1 of the 37 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 2 power play attempts and notched 1 goal out of those opportunities. Edmonton earned 2 penalty mins in this outing. The Corsi for the Oilers sat at 57 and the Corsi against was 53 giving them a Corsi percentage of 51.8%. Their Fenwick sat at 44 while the Fenwick against at even strength was 45, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 49.4%. They won 26 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 25 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 53.1% and they had a PDO of 90.3 for this matchup. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Toronto Maple Leafs racked up a total of 32 shots. They had 4 penalty minutes and they notched 1 power play chance.
The Stars are the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 19 victories and 11 defeats. With regard to goal differential, they are ranked 3rd in the West and 8th in the NHL with +11. They have earned a total of 89 goals for the season which has them ranked at 12th in the Western Conference. Dallas has a save percentage as a team of .927 which has them sitting 2nd in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a shooting percentage of 8.5% putting them at 11th in the West. In net for Dallas is Ben Bishop who is playing well this year by allowing only 2.07 goals per game and that has him ranked 2nd among West goalies and 5th in the NHL. In the 1,305 mins he has played this season, he has allowed 45 goals. He's earned a save % of .933, which puts him at 2nd among West goalies and 4th in the NHL.
The Dallas Stars faced the Nashville Predators in a matchup where the Stars notched a win by a tally of 4 - 1. In this game, Dallas wound up with a 28.0% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 26 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 67. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 29.9% by notching a Fenwick of 20 and the Predators finishing with a 47 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Dallas had and they looked good in this game. They had a PDO at even strength of 116.7 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 23.5%. The Stars notched 4 goals of the 22 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play opportunities in this one but didn't put one in the back of the net. As for the opposition, the Predators had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to take advantage of it. Dallas allowed 38 shots on goal and the Predators ended up with 4 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Dallas (-149)
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