Stars vs Devils Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/1/2020
Game: Dallas Stars vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Stars (-145) Devils (+131)
MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (18-24-8, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) play the Dallas Stars (28-18-4, 3rd in the Central Division) at Prudential Center on Saturday, February 1, 2020. The line on this matchup has the Stars priced at -145 and the Devils are at +131. The O/U opens at 5.5. The Stars are covering 54.2% of the time, having gone 26-22 SU. The Devils are covering 31.9% of the time, going 15-32 straight up.
The Dallas Stars head into this game holding a record of 28 victories and 18 losses, ranking them 3rd in the Central Division. During the year thus far, they have converted a total of 129 goals which ranks them 14th in the Western Conference and 29th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +4, ranking them 14th in the NHL. The Stars have earned a total of 60 pts, which ranks them 14th in the NHL and 4th in the conference. With reference to shots on goal, they have earned a total of 1,531 which ranks them 11th in the Western Conference and 22nd in the NHL. As a team, Dallas currently has a total of 1,026 hits which has them averaging 20.5 per game. They have earned a total of 644 blocks for the year. In net for Dallas is Ben Bishop from Denver, Colorado. He is 33 years old and has played a total of 1,909 minutes defending the goal for the season. Bishop is surrendering 2.33 goals against average which places him at 4th among West goalies and 7th in the NHL among goaltenders. Over the course of this season, he has allowed 74 goals. He's earned a save % of .925 which places him at 4th among West goalies.
The Dallas Stars will look to clean up some issues after taking a 5 - 3 loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs in their previous game. The Stars had a middle of the road offensive performance in the loss. In this game, they converted 3 of the 34 shots they put on goal. Furthermore, they had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Dallas racked up a total of 4 penalty mins in their game. The Corsi for the Stars was 65 and the Corsi against was 50 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 56.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 43 while the Fenwick against sat at 37, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 53.8%. They won 21 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 24 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 56.8% and they had a PDO at even strength of 94.1 for this matchup. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Toronto Maple Leafs racked up 34 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 6 minutes in the box and they tallied 2 power play opportunities.
The Devils will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the current year they have 18 victories and 24 losses. In discussing goal differential, they are ranked 15th in the Eastern Conference and 30th in the NHL with -45. They currently have a total of 132 goals for the year which has them at 15th in the conference. New Jersey has a save percentage as a team of .889 which is good for 29th in the NHL, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a shooting percentage of 8.3% putting them at 15th in the Eastern Conference. In net for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood who is having a rough season by surrendering 3.00 goals per game and that has him 21st among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 45th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,078 mins he's been on the ice this season, he's surrendered 104 goals. He holds a save percentage of .904, which has him placed 21st among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 43rd among goaltenders in the NHL.
The New Jersey Devils faced off against the Nashville Predators in a matchup where the Devils went home in defeat by a mark of 6 - 5. In this outing, New Jersey went home with a 53.5% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 53 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 46. They had a Fenwick percentage of 52.8% by earning a Fenwick of 38 and the Predators finishing with a 34 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that New Jersey played and they looked good in this game. They had a PDO of 92.6 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 52.2%. The Devils netted 5 goals of the 32 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play opportunities in this one and were able to notch 2 out of those attempts. Regarding the opposition, the Predators had 3 power play chances and ended up scoring 1 goal. New Jersey gave up 30 shots on goal and the Predators earned a total of 6 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take New Jersey (+131)
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