Dallas Stars vs St. Louis Blues Predictions, NHL Picks, Betting Tips 8/9/2020
Game: Dallas Stars vs St. Louis Blues
Date: Sunday, August 9, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Stars (+106) Blues (-130)
Ben Bishop and the Dallas Stars (37-24-8, 3rd in the Central Division) head to Rogers Place on Sunday where they'll take on the St. Louis Blues (42-19-10, 1st in the Central Division). The moneyline on this matchup has the Stars priced at +106 and the Blues are at -130. The over/under is set at 5.5. The Stars cover 52.2% of the time, having gone 35-32 SU. St. Louis covers 58.0% of the time, going 40-29 straight up.
The Dallas Stars step onto the ice with a record of 37 victories and 24 losses, which puts them at 3rd in the Central Division. During the season thus far, they have converted a total of 178 goals which ranks 14th in the West and 29th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +4, which puts them at 17th in the NHL. The Stars currently have a total of 82 pts, which ranks 10th in the NHL and 5th in the Western Conference. Regarding shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 2,113 which ranks 11th in the West and 24th in the NHL. As a unit, Dallas currently has a total of 1,449 hits which means they have an average of 21 per contest. They currently have a total of 857 blocks for this season. In net for Dallas is Ben Bishop from Denver, Colorado. He is 33 years old and has racked up 2,474 mins defending the net for the campaign. Bishop is conceding an average of 2.50 goals per game which has him ranking 5th among West goalies and 11th in the NHL among goaltenders. For the season, he has allowed 103 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .920 which has him ranking 7th among West goalies.
The Stars will need a bounce back game after taking a 4 - 0 loss to the Avalanche in their last game. The Stars had a below average offensive performance in the loss. In the outing, they earned a goal on 0 of the 27 shots they attempted. In addition, they had 2 power play chances but didn't net one. Dallas racked up a total of 10 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Stars was 36 and the Corsi against was 55 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 39.6%. Their Fenwick was 33 and the Fenwick against was 46, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 41.8%. They earned 27 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 22 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 32.3% and they had a PDO of 93.9 for this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Colorado Avalanche earned a total of 40 shots. They finished with a total of 4 minutes in the box and they had 5 power play attempts.
The Blues will be the team across the ice and for the season they have 42 wins and 19 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are currently ranked 2nd in the Western Conference and 5th in the league with +33. They currently have a total of 223 goals for the season which ranks 4th in the Western Conference. St. Louis has a team save percentage of .910 which currently has them ranked 10th in the league, which tells us there should be some opportunities to score. They are shooting 10.2% which puts them at 5th in the conference. In net for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington who is having a marginal campaign by giving up 2.56 goals per game and that ranks him 6th among West goaltenders and 15th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,948 minutes he has been on the ice this year, he has surrendered 126 goals. He's earned a save % of .912, which has him placed 18th among West goaltenders and 32nd among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Blues faced off against the Golden Knights in a matchup where the Blues ended up taking the loss by a tally of 6 - 4. For this game, St. Louis wound up with a 32.8% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 22 while they conceded a Corsi of 45. Their Fenwick percentage was 34.6% with a Fenwick of 18 and the Golden Knights ending the game with a 34 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that St. Louis had and they showed up in this game. They had a PDO at even strength of 111.3 and their percentage of oZS was 50.0%. The Blues scored 4 goals of the 17 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 power play attempts in this game but weren't able to notch a goal. Regarding the opposition, the Golden Knights had 5 power play opportunities and used that advantage to score 2 goals. St. Louis gave up 38 shots on goal and the Golden Knights earned 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take St. Louis (-130)
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