Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars - 1/1/20 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Nashville Predators vs Dallas Stars
Date: Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Location: Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (+113) Stars (-125)
Cotton Bowl is the site where Ben Bishop and the Dallas Stars (22-14-4, 3rd in the Central Division) will take on the Nashville Predators (18-14-6, 6th in the Central Division) on Wednesday. The Stars open this contest at -125 while the Predators are priced at +113. The total has been set at 5.5. The Predators are covering 46.0% of the time, having gone 17-20 SU. Dallas covers 52.6% of the time, going 20-18 straight up.
The Nashville Predators head into this game holding a record of 18 victories and 14 defeats, ranking them 6th in the Central Division. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 131 goals which has them ranked at 2nd in the West and 8th in the league. Their goal differential is +6, ranking them 13th in the league. The Predators have compiled a total of 42 pts, which has them ranked at 23rd in the league and 11th in the Western Conference. In terms of shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 1,295 which has them ranked at 3rd in the West and 8th in the league. As a group, Nashville currently has a total of 615 hits which has them averaging 16.2 per contest. They have compiled a total of 448 blocks for this season. Protecting the goal for Nashville is Pekka Rinne from Kempele, Finland. He is 37 years old and has played 1,252 mins minding the goal this year. Rinne is allowing an average of 3.02 GAA which places him at 21st among Western Conference goalies and 41st among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he's allowed 63 goals. He holds a save % of .894 which places him at 26th among Western Conference goalies.
The Nashville Predators will need a bounce back game after taking a 6 - 4 defeat against the Pittsburgh Penguins in their last game. The Predators had a impressive offensive outing in the defeat. In this game, they earned a goal on 4 of the 48 shots they put on net. In addition, they had 2 power play attempts and scored 1 goal out of those chances. Nashville earned a total of 8 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Predators was 65 and the Corsi against was 40 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 61.9%. Their Fenwick sat at 50 and the Fenwick against sat at 34, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 59.5%. They earned 30 face-off wins and were beaten on 30 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 48.8% and they had a PDO of 98.1 in this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Pittsburgh Penguins tallied a total of 36 shots. They had 4 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 4 power play opportunities.
The Stars will be the team across the ice and for the campaign they sit with 22 wins and 14 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are ranked 5th in the Western Conference and 14th in the league with +6. They have a total of 105 goals for the year which ranks them 13th in the West. Dallas has a save percentage as a team of .923 which currently has them ranked 1st in the league, meaning they are a tough team to score against. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.6% which is good for 11th in the conference. In goal for Dallas is Ben Bishop who is having a marginal campaign by giving up 2.34 GAA and that places him 4th among West goaltenders and 9th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,514 minutes he's been on the ice this season, he's surrendered 59 goals. He holds a save percentage of .926, which puts him at 5th among West goaltenders and 8th among goalies in the NHL.
The Dallas Stars opposed the Arizona Coyotes in an outing where the Stars took home the win by a final of 4 - 2. In this game, Dallas went home with a 53.1% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 51 and the other team having a Corsi of 45. Their Fenwick percentage was 50.7% by way of having a Fenwick of 37 and the Coyotes finishing with a 36 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Dallas had and it was a good performance overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 111.0 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 38.5%. The Stars notched 4 goals of the 25 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 power play attempts in this outing but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. Regarding the opposition, the Coyotes had 4 power play opportunities but weren't able to take advantage of it. Dallas gave way to 35 shots on goal and the Coyotes racked up 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Nashville (+113)
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