Dallas Stars vs Vegas Golden Knights Prediction, 9/8/2020 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Dallas Stars vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Stars (+130) Golden Knights (-150)
Robin Lehner and the Vegas Golden Knights host the Dallas Stars at Rogers Place on Tuesday in Game 2 of their series. Dallas leads 1-0. The Golden Knights open this contest at -150 while the Stars are coming in at +130. The over/under opens at 5.5. The Stars cover 52.2% of the time, having gone 35-32 SU. The Golden Knights cover 52.9% of the time, going 36-32 straight up.
The Stars were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 1 - 0 win over the Golden Knights in Game 1. The Stars left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in the win. In the outing, they finished 1 out of the 25 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to score a goal. Dallas earned a total of 8 penalty mins while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Stars sat at 49 and the Corsi against was 42 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 53.8%. Their Fenwick was 32 and the Fenwick against sat at 29, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 52.5%. They took 22 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 15 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 46.1% and they had a PDO at even strength of 104.2 for this matchup. Concerning opponent stats, the Vegas Golden Knights tallied a total of 25 shots. They ended the game with 4 penalty minutes and they earned 4 power play chances.
Protecting the net for Dallas is Anton Khudobin from Ust-Kamenogorsk, USSR. He is 33 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,677 mins minding the net for the season. Khudobin is surrendering 2.22 GAA which has him placed 3rd among Western Conference goalies and 5th among goalies in the NHL. For the year, he has surrendered 62 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .930 which has him placed 1st among Western Conference goalies. So far this season, they have converted a total of 178 goals which puts them at 14th in the West and 29th in the league. Their goal differential is +4, ranking them 17th in the league. The Stars have compiled a total of 82 points, which puts them at 10th in the league and 5th in the conference. Regarding shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 2,113 which puts them at 11th in the Western Conference and 24th in the league. As a unit, Dallas has collected a total of 1,449 hits which has them averaging 21 per contest. They have compiled a total of 857 blocks for the year.
In the Game 1 shutout loss Vegas had a 46.2% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 42 and they gave up a Corsi of 49. Their Fenwick percentage was 47.5% by way of having a Fenwick of 29 and the Stars ending the game with a 32 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Vegas played and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. They had a PDO at even strength of 95.8 and their oZS percentage was 53.9%. The Golden Knights netted 0 goals out of the 25 shots on goal they pursued. They had 4 power play attempts in this game but didn't score a goal. In discussing their opponent, the Stars had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to take advantage of it. Vegas conceded 25 shots on goal and the Stars ended up with 8 penalty mins.
In goal for Vegas is Robin Lehner who is having a marginal year by surrendering 2.89 GAA and that ranks him 20th in the Western Conference and 41st among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,055 mins he has been on the ice this year, he's allowed 99 goals. He holds a save percentage of .920, which puts him at 8th in the Western Conference and 13th among goaltenders in the NHL. When looking at goal differential, they sit 3rd in the Western Conference and 10th in the league with +15. They have a total of 224 goals for this season which ranks 2nd in the West. Vegas has a team save percentage of .900 which currently has them sitting 25th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.1% which puts them at 10th in the conference.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Dallas (+130)
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