Dallas Stars vs Colorado Avalanche Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 8/22/2020
Game: Dallas Stars vs Colorado Avalanche
Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Stars (+145) Avalanche (-175)
Philipp Grubauer and the Colorado Avalanche host the Dallas Stars at Rogers Place on Saturday in Game 1 of their series. The line on this contest has the Stars priced at +145 and the Avalanche are at -175. The O/U opens at 6.5. The Stars cover 52.2% of the time, having gone 35-32 SU. Colorado is covering 59.4% of the time, going 41-28 straight up.
The Stars came out of their series feeling pretty good about themselves after a 7 - 3 win over the Flames to clinch. The Stars had a really good offensive outing in this victory. In the outing, they netted 7 out of the 24 shots they put on net. In addition, they had 2 power play chances and were able to net goals on both of those opportunities. Dallas had a total of 6 penalty mins in this outing. The Corsi for the Stars sat at 33 and the Corsi against was 63 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 34.4%. Their Fenwick was 25 and the Fenwick against at even strength was 43, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 36.8%. They took 22 face-off wins and were beaten on 21 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 33.3% and they had a PDO of 123.0 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Calgary Flames racked up 41 shots. They had a total of 4 penalty minutes and they tallied 3 power play chances.
The Dallas Stars head into this matchup holding a record of 37 victories and 24 defeats, ranking them 3rd in the Central Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 178 goals which puts them at 14th in the Western Conference and 29th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +4, ranking them 17th in the NHL. The Stars currently have a total of 82 pts, which puts them at 10th in the NHL and 5th in the Western Conference. Regarding shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 2,113 which puts them at 11th in the Western Conference and 24th in the NHL. As a team, Dallas has obtained a total of 1,449 hits which has them averaging 21 per game. They currently have a total of 857 blocks for this year. The man in the crease for Dallas is Anton Khudobin from Ust-Kamenogorsk, USSR. He is 33 years old and has played 1,677 minutes defending the net for the season. Khudobin is allowing an average of 2.22 goals per contest which has him ranked 3rd among Western Conference goaltenders and 5th in the NHL. For the year, he has given up 62 goals. He holds a save percentage of .930 which has him ranked 1st among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Avalanche also had a blowout clinching win, prevailing over Arizona 7-1. Colorado earned a 47.7% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 42 while they gave up a Corsi of 46. They had a Fenwick percentage of 50.8% with a Fenwick of 31 and the Coyotes having earned a 30 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Colorado played and it tells us that they played really well in this game. They had a PDO of 110.6 and they earned an oZS percentage of 37.0%. The Avalanche netted 7 goals of the 36 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play opportunities in this outing and were able to net 3 out of those tries. Regarding the opposition, the Coyotes had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Colorado gave way to 24 shots on goal and the Coyotes ended up with a total of 8 minutes in the box.
The Avalanche are the team on the other side of the ice and for the current year they sit with 42 victories and 20 losses. In terms of goal differential, they currently sit 1st in the West and 3rd in the league with +46. They currently have a total of 236 goals for the season which puts them at 1st in the Western Conference. Colorado has a team save percentage of .913 which has them sitting 6th in the league, which means they are a tough group to score against. They have a shooting percentage of 10.5% ranking them 3rd in the West. In net for Colorado is Philipp Grubauer who is having a marginal year by surrendering 2.63 goals per contest and that has him ranked 9th in the Western Conference and 20th in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,057 mins he has been on the ice, he's allowed 90 goals. He holds a save % of .916, which has him ranked 14th in the Western Conference and 21st in the NHL among goalies.
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Tony's Pick: Take Dallas (+145)
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