Nashville Predators vs Dallas Stars Predictions, Free NHL Pick 3/7/2020
Game: Nashville Predators vs Dallas Stars
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (+136) Stars (-150)
Ben Bishop and the Dallas Stars (37-22-8, 3rd in the Central Division) play the Nashville Predators (33-26-8, 5th in the Central Division) at American Airlines Center on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The Stars open this game at -150 while the Predators are priced at +136. The O/U opens at 5. The Predators cover 46.9% of the time, having gone 30-34 SU. The Stars cover 53.9% of the time, going 35-30 straight up.
The Nashville Predators come into the game holding a record of 33 victories and 26 defeats, which is good for 5th in the Central Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 207 goals which ranks 7th in the conference and 15th in the league. Their goal differential is -5, which is good for 21st in the league. The Predators currently have a total of 74 pts, which ranks 19th in the league and 8th in the West. Regarding shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 2,228 which ranks 2nd in the Western Conference and 4th in the league. As a unit, Nashville has compiled a total of 1,075 hits which means they have an average of 16 per contest. They currently have a total of 819 blocks for the year. The goalie for Nashville is Pekka Rinne from Kempele, Finland. He is 37 years old and has played 1,988 mins minding the net this season. Rinne is conceding 3.17 goals per game which has him placed 29th in the West and 54th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this year, he has given up 105 goals. He's earned a save % of .895 which has him placed 30th in the West.
The Nashville Predators were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 2 - 0 win against the Dallas Stars in their last contest. The Predators didn't have their best offensive outing in this victory. For this game, they scored on 2 out of the 32 shots they tried. In addition, they had 4 power play opportunities and were able to notch 2 goals out of those opportunities. Nashville earned a total of 8 penalty mins while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Predators was 45 and the Corsi against was 46 giving them a Corsi percentage of 49.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 39 while the Fenwick against sat at 36, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 52.0%. They won 21 face-off wins at even strength and lost 19 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 38.4% and they had a PDO of 100.0 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Dallas Stars earned a total of 33 shots. They ended the game with 8 penalty mins and they tallied 4 power play opportunities.
The Stars will be the team across the ice and for the season they sit with 37 victories and 22 defeats. When looking at goal differential, they are sitting 7th in the West and 15th in the NHL with +7. They currently have a total of 176 goals for the year which is 12th in the conference. Dallas has a save % as a team of .921 which currently has them ranked 2nd in the NHL, meaning chances to score may be limited. They are shooting 8.6% ranking them 13th in the West. In goal for Dallas is Ben Bishop who is having an average season by giving up 2.49 goals against average and that has him ranked 5th among West goalies and 12th among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,358 minutes he has been on the ice this year, he has given up 98 goals. His save percentage is .921, which puts him at 5th among West goalies and 10th among goalies in the NHL.
The Dallas Stars squared up with the Nashville Predators in a matchup where the Stars took the loss by a tally of 2 - 0. For this game, Dallas earned a 50.5% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 46 while their opponent had a Corsi of 45. They had a Fenwick percentage of 48.0% by way of having a Fenwick of 36 and the Predators earning a 39 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Dallas played and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. Their PDO was 100.0 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 62.1%. The Stars notched 0 goals of the 33 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play opportunities in this game but didn't put one in the back of the net. Regarding the opposition, the Predators had 4 power play opportunities and came through by scoring 2 goals. Dallas conceded 32 shots on goal and the Predators ended up with a total of 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Dallas (-150)
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