New Jersey Devils vs. Dallas Stars - 12/10/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Dallas Stars
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+171) Stars (-190)
Ben Bishop and the Dallas Stars (17-11-3, 4th in the Central Division) host the New Jersey Devils (9-15-5, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) at American Airlines Center on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. The Stars open this matchup at -190 while the Devils are coming in at +171. The O/U has been set at 5.5. The Devils cover 28.6% of the time, having gone 8-20 SU. Dallas covers 53.3% of the time, going 16-14 straight up.
The New Jersey Devils head into this game holding a record of 9 victories and 15 losses, which puts them at 8th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 73 goals which has them sitting at 14th in the conference and 29th in the league. Their goal differential is -32, which puts them at 30th in the league. The Devils currently have a total of 23 pts, which has them sitting at 30th in the league and 15th in the conference. When it comes to shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 898 which has them sitting at 13th in the Eastern Conference and 26th in the league. As a team, New Jersey currently has a total of 415 hits which means they are averaging 14.3 per game. They currently have a total of 277 blocks for the year. Looking after the net for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 23 years old and has played a total of 1,201 mins minding the net for the season. Blackwood is surrendering 3.05 goals against average which puts him at 18th in the East and 40th in the NHL among goalies. For the season, he has given up 61 goals. His save percentage is .899 which puts him at 21st in the East.
The New Jersey Devils will look to clean up some issues after taking a 6 - 4 loss against the Nashville Predators their last time out. The Devils had a good offensive performance and it was apparent in this defeat. For this outing, they converted 4 out of the 33 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 4 power play chances and were able to net 1 goal out of those chances. New Jersey racked up 12 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Devils was 41 and the Corsi against was 45 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 47.7%. Their Fenwick was 32 and the Fenwick against sat at 37, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 46.4%. They won 21 face-off wins and lost 27 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 66.1% and they had a PDO of 88.5 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Nashville Predators tallied 37 shots. They ended the game with 8 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 6 power play attempts.
The Stars will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the current year they sit with 17 victories and 11 losses. In discussing goal differential, they currently sit 5th in the West and 12th in the league with +7. They have compiled a total of 81 goals for the year which ranks 12th in the conference. Dallas has a save % as a team of .923 which has them sitting 4th in the league, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.4% ranking them 12th in the West. In goal for Dallas is Ben Bishop who is having an average season by giving up 2.13 goals per contest and that ranks him 2nd among Western Conference goalies and 3rd among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,184 mins he's played, he has given up 42 goals. He holds a save percentage of .932, which has him sitting 3rd among Western Conference goalies and 3rd among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Dallas Stars squared up with the New York Islanders in an outing where the Stars ended up with the win by a final of 3 - 1. In this outing, Dallas went home with a 56.5% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 52 while the opposition had a Corsi of 40. Their Fenwick percentage was 54.9% by notching a Fenwick of 39 and the Islanders ending the game with a 32 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Dallas had and it tells us they had an average game overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 99.4 and they earned an oZS percentage of 55.6%. The Stars netted 3 goals out of the 37 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 power play attempts in this one and netted 2 out of those tries. As for their opponent, the Islanders had 1 power play chance but were not able to notch a goal. Dallas gave up 35 shots on goal and the Islanders ended up with 4 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take New Jersey (+171)
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