Montreal Canadiens vs Dallas Stars NHL Game Picks 11/2/2019
Saturday, November 2, 2019
American Airlines Center
American Airlines Center is the venue where Ben Bishop and the Dallas Stars (5-8-1, 5th in the Central Division) will play the Montreal Canadiens (7-4-2, 3rd in the Atlantic Division) on Saturday. The Canadiens open this matchup at +110 while the Stars are priced at -121. The total is set at 5.5. The Canadiens cover 50.0% of the time, having gone 6-6 SU. The Stars cover 35.7% of the time, going 5-9 straight up.
The Montreal Canadiens head into this game holding a record of 7 wins and 4 losses, which puts them at 3rd in the Atlantic Division. So far this season, they have scored a total of 49 goals which is 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the league. Their goal differential is +9, which puts them at 7th in the league. The Canadiens have earned a total of 16 points, which is 12th in the league and 6th in the conference. In connection with shots at the opposing goalie, they have earned a total of 444 which is 3rd in the conference and 6th in the league. As a group, Montreal has earned a total of 258 hits which means they are averaging 19.8 per contest. They have earned a total of 137 blocks for this year. Protecting the goal for Montreal is Carey Price from Farmingville, New York. He is 32 years old and has totaled 602 minutes minding the goal for the season. Price is allowing an average of 2.59 goals per game which puts him at 9th in the Eastern Conference and 18th among goaltenders in the NHL. So far this year, he's allowed 26 goals. He holds a save % of .914 which puts him at 12th in the Eastern Conference.
The Montreal Canadiens were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 5 - 4 win over the Vegas Golden Knights the last time they stepped on the ice. The Canadiens had a solid offensive performance and it showed in this win. In their game, they finished 5 out of the 30 shots they attempted. Additionally, they had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to net one. Montreal earned a total of 2 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Canadiens was 49 and the Corsi against was 45 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 52.1%. Their Fenwick sat at 38 while the Fenwick against was 37, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 50.7%. They earned 26 face-off wins and lost 27 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 39.4% and they had a PDO of 103.3 in this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Vegas Golden Knights racked up 35 shots. They finished with a total of 6 penalty mins and they tallied 1 power play attempt.
The Stars are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 5 victories and 8 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they sit 10th in the Western Conference and 23rd in the league with -7. They currently have a total of 31 goals for the season which is 13th in the West. Dallas has a team save percentage of .904 which has them ranked 14th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 7.8% which is good for 13th in the Western Conference. In net for Dallas is Ben Bishop who is having an average season by allowing 2.48 goals against average and that places him 6th among West goaltenders and 11th among goalies in the NHL. In the 557 mins he has played this season, he has surrendered 23 goals. He's earned a save % of .916, which places him at 10th among West goaltenders and 21st among goalies in the NHL.
The Dallas Stars faced the Minnesota Wild in a game where the Stars earned a victory by a tally of 6 - 3. In this matchup, Dallas went home with a 57.3% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 43 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 32. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 64.8% with a Fenwick of 35 and the Wild finishing with a 19 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Dallas played and we'd say they played well overall. Their PDO was 110.9 and their percentage of oZS was 49.3%. The Stars scored 6 goals of the 37 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play opportunities in this one and were able to notch 1 out of those attempts. As for the opposition, the Wild had 4 power play opportunities and went on to score 2 goals. Dallas gave up 22 shots on goal and the Wild earned a total of 10 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Dallas (-121)
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