Dallas Stars vs Boston Bruins Predictions, NHL Picks 2/27/2020
Game: Dallas Stars vs Boston Bruins
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Stars (+153) Bruins (-170)
TD Garden is the venue where Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (39-13-12, 1st in the Atlantic Division) will take on the Dallas Stars (37-20-6, 2nd in the Central Division) on Thursday. The Bruins open this matchup at -170 while the Stars are coming in at +153. The total opens at 5. The Stars are covering 57.4% of the time, having gone 35-26 SU. Boston is covering 60.9% of the time, going 39-25 straight up.
The Dallas Stars head into this game holding a record of 37 wins and 20 defeats, ranking them 2nd in the Central Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 169 goals which is good for 12th in the conference and 26th in the league. Their goal differential is +11, ranking them 12th in the league. The Stars currently have a total of 80 points, which is good for 6th in the league and 2nd in the conference. When looking at shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,902 which is good for 11th in the West and 24th in the league. As a team, Dallas has obtained a total of 1,308 hits which means they are averaging 20.8 per game. They currently have a total of 804 blocks for the season. The man in net for Dallas is Ben Bishop from Denver, Colorado. He is 33 years old and has racked up 2,301 mins minding the goal for the year. Bishop is giving up an average of 2.45 goals against average which places him at 5th among Western Conference goalies and 12th in the NHL among goaltenders. During this season, he's given up 94 goals. His save % is .922 which places him at 5th among Western Conference goalies.
The Dallas Stars will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 4 - 1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in their previous contest. The Stars had a solid offensive output in this victory. In this outing, they netted 4 out of the 16 shots they put on net. They also had 3 power play attempts and scored 1 goal out of those opportunities. Dallas ended up with a total of 8 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Stars was 21 and the Corsi against was 47 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 30.9%. Their Fenwick sat at 18 and the Fenwick against sat at 39, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 31.6%. They won 20 face-off wins and were beaten on 19 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 21.7% and they had a PDO at even strength of 121.6 for this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Carolina Hurricanes put up 41 shots. They had a total of 6 penalty mins and they notched 4 power play opportunities.
The Bruins are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 39 victories and 13 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are ranked 1st in the Eastern Conference and 1st in the NHL with +53. They have earned a total of 210 goals for the season which has them at 5th in the conference. Boston has a save % as a team of .919 which has them 3rd in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They are shooting 10.2% putting them at 7th in the conference. In goal for Boston is Tuukka Rask who is having an average campaign by surrendering 2.22 goals per game and that has him 1st among East goalies and 3rd among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,163 minutes he has played this season, he has allowed 80 goals. He holds a save % of .926, which puts him at 4th among East goalies and 7th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Boston Bruins faced off against the Calgary Flames in a matchup where the Bruins went home in defeat by a tally of 5 - 2. For this outing, Boston wound up with a 54.8% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 51 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 42. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 52.1% by way of having a Fenwick of 38 and the Flames having a 35 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Boston played and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. Their PDO was 89.4 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 53.2%. The Bruins scored 2 goals out of the 28 shots on goal they tried. They had 1 power play opportunity in this one but didn't put one in the back of the net. Concerning the opposition, the Flames had 3 power play chances and were able to tally 1 goal. Boston gave up 31 shots on goal and the Flames earned 2 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Dallas (+153)
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