Dallas Stars vs Nashville Predators Predictions, Hockey Picks 3/5/2020
Game: Dallas Stars vs Nashville Predators
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Stars (+104) Predators (-115)
Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators (32-26-8, 6th in the Central Division) host the Dallas Stars (37-21-8, 3rd in the Central Division) at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, March 5, 2020. The Predators open this game at -115 while the Stars are coming in at +104. The O/U opens at 5.5. The Stars cover 54.7% of the time, having gone 35-29 SU. The Predators cover 46.0% of the time, going 29-34 straight up.
The Dallas Stars head into this game holding a record of 37 wins and 21 losses, putting them at 3rd in the Central Division. During the season thus far, they have converted a total of 176 goals which is good for 12th in the conference and 25th in the league. Their goal differential is +9, putting them at 13th in the league. The Stars have earned a total of 82 points, which is good for 8th in the league and 3rd in the West. In the matter of shots on goal, they have earned a total of 2,010 which is good for 11th in the conference and 24th in the league. As a group, Dallas has compiled a total of 1,380 hits which means they are averaging 20.9 per game. They have earned a total of 831 blocks for this year. Looking after the net for Dallas is Ben Bishop from Denver, Colorado. He is 33 years old and has played a total of 2,358 mins in net for the year. Bishop is giving up an average of 2.49 goals per contest which places him at 5th among Western Conference goaltenders and 12th among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he's allowed 98 goals. He holds a save % of .921 which places him at 5th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Dallas Stars will look for better times on the ice after their 2 - 1 defeat to the Edmonton Oilers in their last game. The Stars left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in the defeat. While out there on the ice, they netted 1 of the 43 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 6 power play chances and were able to net 1 goal out of those opportunities. Dallas had 10 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Stars was 51 and the Corsi against was 28 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 64.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 39 and the Fenwick against was 25, meaning they had a rate of 60.9%. They won 30 face-off wins at even strength and lost 18 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 61.8% and they had a PDO of 100.0 in this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Edmonton Oilers racked up a total of 27 shots. They finished with a total of 12 penalty mins and they had 5 power play attempts.
The Predators will be on the other side of the ice and for the current year they sit with 32 wins and 26 losses. Regarding goal differential, they rank 10th in the conference and 22nd in the NHL with -7. They currently have a total of 205 goals for the season which ranks 7th in the conference. Nashville has a save % as a team of .897 which has them ranked 28th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They are shooting 9.3% ranking them 8th in the conference. In goal for Nashville is Pekka Rinne who is having a tough season by giving up 3.17 GAA and that has him 29th in the West and 55th in the NHL. In the 1,988 mins he has been on the ice this season, he's allowed 105 goals. He holds a save percentage of .895, which has him placed 30th in the West and 60th in the NHL.
The Nashville Predators went up against the Minnesota Wild in a game where the Predators took the loss by a final of 3 - 1. For this game, Nashville earned a 52.3% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 46 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 42. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 52.4% by notching a Fenwick of 33 and the Wild finishing with a 30 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Nashville had and it could be said that this team has had better games. They had a PDO of 85.7 and their oZS percentage was 53.8%. The Predators netted 1 goal out of the 38 shots on goal they pursued. They had 5 power play attempts in this game and netted 1 out of those attempts. Regarding their opponent, the Wild had 7 power play opportunities but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Nashville allowed 33 shots on goal and the Wild had a total of 10 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Dallas (+104)
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