Stars vs Ducks Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/9/2020
Game: Dallas Stars vs Anaheim Ducks
Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020
Location: Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Stars (-135) Ducks (+122)
Honda Center is the venue where John Gibson and the Anaheim Ducks (17-21-5, 7th in the Pacific Division) will play the Dallas Stars (24-14-4, 3rd in the Central Division) on Thursday. The Stars open this game at -135 while the Ducks are priced at +122. The O/U is set at 5. The Stars are covering 55.0% of the time, having gone 22-18 SU. The Ducks are covering 33.3% of the time, going 13-26 straight up.
The Dallas Stars head into this game holding a record of 24 victories and 14 losses, putting them at 3rd in the Central Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 113 goals which has them ranked at 13th in the conference and 27th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +11, putting them at 10th in the NHL. The Stars have a total of 52 points, which has them ranked at 12th in the NHL and 5th in the West. When talking about shots at the opposing goalie, they have a total of 1,289 which has them ranked at 13th in the conference and 25th in the NHL. As a group, Dallas has earned a total of 847 hits which means they have an average of 20.2 per contest. They have a total of 541 blocks for the season. The man between the pipes for Dallas is Ben Bishop from Denver, Colorado. He is 33 years old and has racked up 1,574 mins minding the net for the season. Bishop is conceding 2.33 goals per contest which puts him at 5th among Western Conference goalies and 11th among goalies in the NHL. For the year, he's given up 61 goals. He's earned a save % of .926 which puts him at 5th among Western Conference goalies.
The Dallas Stars were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4 - 1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in their previous game. The Stars had a impressive offensive outing in this win. In their game, they finished 4 of the 27 shots they tried. Additionally, they had 4 power play chances and notched 1 goal out of those chances. Dallas racked up a total of 10 penalty mins in their game. The Corsi for the Stars was 34 and the Corsi against was 39 giving them a Corsi percentage of 46.6%. Their Fenwick was 22 and the Fenwick against was 26, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 45.8%. They won 20 face-off wins and were beaten on 19 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 42.9% and they had a PDO of 100.3 for this matchup. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Detroit Red Wings tallied a total of 23 shots. They had 8 penalty minutes and they tallied 5 power play chances.
The Ducks will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 17 victories and 21 losses. With reference to goal differential, they are sitting 13th in the conference and 26th in the league with -26. They have earned a total of 109 goals for the year which is good for 15th in the West. Anaheim has a team save percentage of .901 which has them sitting 19th in the league, which means there should be some opportunities to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.5% which puts them at 14th in the conference. In goal for Anaheim is John Gibson who is having a rough season by surrendering 2.95 goals per contest and that places him 19th among Western Conference goalies and 36th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,911 mins he's played this year, he's allowed 94 goals. He holds a save % of .906, which has him ranked 19th among Western Conference goalies and 36th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Anaheim Ducks faced off against the Columbus Blue Jackets in a game where the Ducks ended up taking the loss by a tally of 4 - 3. For this game, Anaheim wound up with a 62.9% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 56 while the opposition had a Corsi of 33. Their Fenwick rate came in at 62.5% with a Fenwick of 45 and the Blue Jackets having earned a 27 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Anaheim played and you could say that they didn't play great, but weren't awful either. They had a PDO at even strength of 94.3 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 60.4%. The Ducks converted 3 goals out of the 40 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play chances in this one but were not able to net one. Regarding the opposition, the Blue Jackets had 3 power play opportunities and went on to score 1 goal. Anaheim gave way to 27 shots on goal and the Blue Jackets ended up with 4 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Dallas (-135)
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