New York Islanders vs. Dallas Stars - 12/7/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: New York Islanders vs Dallas Stars
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (+113) Stars (-125)
Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders (19-6-2, 2nd in the Metropolitan Division) are headed to American Airlines Center on Saturday where they'll meet the Dallas Stars (16-11-3, 4th in the Central Division). The Stars open this matchup at -125 while the Islanders are priced at +113. The total has been set at 5. The Islanders cover 68.0% of the time, having gone 17-8 SU. The Stars cover 51.7% of the time, going 15-14 straight up.
The New York Islanders head into this game holding a record of 19 wins and 6 defeats, which puts them at 2nd in the Metropolitan Division. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 78 goals which puts them at 12th in the Eastern Conference and 22nd in the league. Their goal differential is +13, which puts them at 6th in the league. The Islanders currently have a total of 40 pts, which puts them at 4th in the league and 3rd in the conference. Regarding shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 759 which puts them at 16th in the conference and 31st in the league. As a group, New York currently has a total of 643 hits which has them averaging 23.8 per game. They currently have a total of 366 blocks for the year. The goaltender for New York is Semyon Varlamov from Kuybyshev, USSR. He is 31 years old and has been on the ice a total of 869 minutes protecting the goal for the season. Varlamov is allowing 2.35 goals per game which ranks him 6th in the East and 10th in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he's surrendered 34 goals. He holds a save % of .923 which ranks him 5th in the East.
The New York Islanders went home feeling good about their game by earning a 3 - 2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in their last contest. The Islanders offense didn't overly impress in the victory. For this game, they scored on 3 of the 31 shots they tried. In addition, they had 2 power play chances and were able to net 1 goal out of those tries. New York racked up 2 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Islanders was 44 and the Corsi against was 46 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 48.9%. Their Fenwick was 33 and the Fenwick against was 29, which earned them a rate of 53.2%. They took 27 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 22 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 43.1% and they had a PDO of 100.8 in this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Vegas Golden Knights racked up a total of 33 shots. They finished with 4 penalty minutes and they tallied 1 power play chance.
The Stars will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 16 victories and 11 defeats. When talking about goal differential, they sit 5th in the Western Conference and 12th in the league with +5. They currently have a total of 78 goals for the year which ranks 11th in the Western Conference. Dallas has a save % as a team of .922 which currently has them ranked 4th in the league, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.4% ranking them 13th in the West. In net for Dallas is Ben Bishop who is having a marginal campaign by giving up 2.19 goals per contest and that ranks him 2nd among West goaltenders and 6th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,124 minutes he has been on the ice this year, he has surrendered 41 goals. He has a save % of .929, which puts him at 3rd among West goaltenders and 6th in the NHL among goalies.
The Dallas Stars faced off against the Winnipeg Jets in a matchup where the Stars ended up with the victory by a final of 3 - 2. In this matchup, Dallas wound up with a 48.3% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 43 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 46. Their Fenwick rate came in at 48.5% with a Fenwick of 32 and the Jets finishing with a 34 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Dallas had and we'd say they played an average game. They had a PDO of 96.2 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 29.8%. The Stars netted 3 goals of the 39 shots on goal they took. They had 5 power play opportunities in this outing and were able to convert 2 out of those attempts. Regarding their opponent, the Jets had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to take advantage of it. Dallas allowed 38 shots on goal and the Jets ended up with a total of 12 minutes in the box.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Dallas (-125) and under the total goals
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