Pittsburgh Penguins vs Dallas Stars NHL Tips 10/26/2019
Saturday, October 26, 2019
American Airlines Center
Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins (6-5-0, 5th in the Metropolitan Division) travel to American Airlines Center on Saturday where they'll meet the Dallas Stars (4-7-1, 5th in the Central Division). The Stars open this contest at -135 while the Penguins are coming in at +122. The total opens at 5.5. The Penguins cover 54.6% of the time, having gone 6-5 SU. The Stars cover 33.3% of the time, going 4-8 straight up.
The Pittsburgh Penguins head into this game holding a record of 6 wins and 5 defeats, putting them at 5th in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 36 goals which has them ranked at 4th in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the league. Their goal differential is +6, putting them at 9th in the league. The Penguins currently have a total of 12 pts, which has them ranked at 13th in the league and 7th in the Eastern Conference. When discussing shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 356 which has them ranked at 3rd in the conference and 6th in the league. As a unit, Pittsburgh has compiled a total of 269 hits which has them averaging 24.5 per contest. They currently have a total of 104 blocks for the season. The man in goal for Pittsburgh is Matt Murray from Surrey, British Columbia. He is 25 years old and has been on the ice a total of 481 minutes defending the net for the season. Murray is conceding an average of 2.62 goals per game which puts him at 7th among Eastern Conference goalies and 19th among goalies in the NHL. For the season, he's given up 21 goals. His save percentage is .909 which puts him at 11th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will need a bounce back game after taking a 3 - 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning their last time out. The Penguins had a below average offensive performance in this loss. While out there on the ice, they netted 2 of the 39 shots they put on goal. They also had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to score a goal. Pittsburgh had a total of 10 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Penguins was 49 and the Corsi against at even strength was 56 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 46.7%. Their Fenwick sat at 40 and the Fenwick against sat at 45, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 47.1%. They won 29 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 25 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 30.6% and they had a PDO at even strength of 100.5 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Tampa Bay Lightning tallied a total of 48 shots. They ended the game with 4 penalty mins and they had 4 power play attempts.
The Stars will be the team across the ice and for the campaign they have 4 victories and 7 losses. In connection with goal differential, they are sitting 12th in the conference and 25th in the NHL with -7. They have a total of 25 goals for the year which has them at 12th in the Western Conference. Dallas has a team save percentage of .908 which currently has them ranked 12th in the NHL, meaning there should be some chances to score. They have a shooting percentage of 7.4% putting them at 14th in the conference. In net for Dallas is Ben Bishop who is having an average season by allowing 2.38 goals against average and that has him 10th in the West and 14th among goalies in the NHL. In the 479 minutes he has been on the ice this season, he has given up 19 goals. He has a save % of .920, which ranks him 10th in the West and 17th among goalies in the NHL.
The Dallas Stars squared up with the Anaheim Ducks in an outing where the Stars notched a victory by a tally of 2 - 1. In this outing, Dallas had a 47.4% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 37 and the other team having a Corsi of 41. Their Fenwick rate came in at 44.0% by notching a Fenwick of 22 and the Ducks having earned a 28 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Dallas played and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. Their PDO was 112.5 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 43.2%. The Stars netted 2 goals out of the 29 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play chances in this game but weren't able to score a goal. On the other side of the ice, the Ducks had 2 power play opportunities and were able to tally 1 goal on that opportunity. Dallas allowed 30 shots on goal and the Ducks earned a total of 4 minutes in the box.
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Guy's Pick: Take Dallas (-135)
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