Dallas Stars vs Montreal Canadiens Predictions, NHL Pick, Odds, Tips 2/15/2020
Game: Dallas Stars vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Stars (-130) Canadiens (+118)
Bell Centre is the site where Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (27-25-7, 5th in the Atlantic Division) will play the Dallas Stars (33-19-5, 3rd in the Central Division) on Saturday. The odds on this matchup have the Stars priced at -130 and the Canadiens are at +118. The O/U opens at 6. The Stars cover 56.4% of the time, having gone 31-24 SU. Montreal is covering 41.8% of the time, going 23-32 straight up.
The Dallas Stars head into this game holding a record of 33 victories and 19 defeats, which puts them at 3rd in the Central Division. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 152 goals which ranks them 12th in the Western Conference and 25th in the league. Their goal differential is +10, which puts them at 12th in the league. The Stars have a total of 71 pts, which ranks them 10th in the league and 3rd in the Western Conference. In discussing shots on goal, they have a total of 1,736 which ranks them 11th in the Western Conference and 22nd in the league. As a team, Dallas currently has a total of 1,185 hits which means they are averaging 20.8 per game. They have a total of 731 blocks for this season. The man in goal for Dallas is Ben Bishop from Denver, Colorado. He is 33 years old and has totaled 2,153 minutes defending the goal this year. Bishop is conceding an average of 2.37 GAA which has him placed 4th among Western Conference goaltenders and 9th in the NHL among goalies. During this season, he's allowed 85 goals. He has a save percentage of .924 which has him placed 4th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Dallas Stars will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 3 - 2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs in their previous contest. The Stars offense showed they have some room for improvement in the victory. In their game, they netted 3 out of the 19 shots they attempted. In addition, they had 4 power play opportunities and scored 1 goal out of those attempts. Dallas earned a total of 9 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Stars was 30 and the Corsi against was 67 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 30.9%. Their Fenwick was 26 while the Fenwick against at even strength was 49, which gave them a rate of 34.7%. They won 16 face-off wins and were beaten on 21 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 0.0% and they had a PDO of 108.8 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Toronto Maple Leafs racked up a total of 31 shots. They ended the game with 13 penalty mins and they tallied 2 power play attempts.
The Canadiens will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the campaign they sit with 27 wins and 25 losses. In terms of goal differential, they sit 12th in the conference and 20th in the NHL with -3. They have earned a total of 176 goals for the season which has them sitting at 9th in the East. Montreal has a team save % of .904 which currently has them ranked 15th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could present themselves. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.7% putting them at 13th in the East. In goal for Montreal is Carey Price who is having an average year by giving up 2.71 goals per contest and that places him 13th among East goaltenders and 21st among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,839 minutes he has played this season, he's surrendered 128 goals. His save % is .913, which has him placed 13th among East goaltenders and 26th among goalies in the NHL.
The Montreal Canadiens squared up with the Boston Bruins in a game where the Canadiens took a loss by a score of 4 - 1. In this outing, Montreal went home with a 52.8% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 47 and their opponent having a Corsi of 42. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 47.9% with a Fenwick of 34 and the Bruins having earned a 37 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Montreal played and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. Their PDO was 94.5 and their oZS percentage was 39.1%. The Canadiens netted 1 goal of the 29 shots on goal they attempted. They had 3 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Regarding their opponent, the Bruins had 3 power play attempts and came through by scoring 1 goal. Montreal allowed 38 shots on goal and the Bruins earned a total of 12 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Dallas (-130)
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