Stars vs Islanders Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/4/2020
Game: Dallas Stars vs New York Islanders
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Stars (+109) Islanders (-120)
Barclays Center is the venue where Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders (29-15-6, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) will take on the Dallas Stars (29-18-4, 3rd in the Central Division) on Tuesday. The Stars open this game at +109 while the Islanders are coming in at -120. The over/under is set at 5. The Stars cover 55.1% of the time, having gone 27-22 SU. The Islanders cover 55.3% of the time, going 26-21 straight up.
The Dallas Stars come into the game holding a record of 29 victories and 18 losses, which puts them at 3rd in the Central Division. So far this season, they have scored a total of 132 goals which has them sitting at 13th in the West and 28th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +5, which puts them at 15th in the NHL. The Stars currently have a total of 62 points, which has them sitting at 13th in the NHL and 4th in the conference. When looking at shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,562 which has them sitting at 11th in the Western Conference and 22nd in the NHL. As a team, Dallas has a total of 1,035 hits which means they have an average of 20.3 per game. They currently have a total of 652 blocks for the year. Looking after the goal for Dallas is Ben Bishop from Denver, Colorado. He is 33 years old and has totaled 1,971 minutes minding the net for the campaign. Bishop is conceding an average of 2.31 goals per game which has him ranking 4th among West goalies and 7th among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has surrendered 76 goals. He holds a save % of .925 which has him ranking 3rd among West goalies.
The Dallas Stars were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 2 win against the New Jersey Devils their last time out. The Stars played like an average offensive team in the victory. While out there on the ice, they finished 3 of the 31 shots they put on goal. They also had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Dallas earned 6 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Stars sat at 54 and the Corsi against was 42 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 56.3%. Their Fenwick sat at 43 and the Fenwick against was 34, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 55.8%. They earned 25 face-off wins and lost 19 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 54.5% and they had a PDO at even strength of 106.5 in this game. Concerning opponent stats, the New Jersey Devils earned a total of 31 shots. They finished with a total of 4 penalty mins and they earned 3 power play opportunities.
The Islanders will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 29 victories and 15 defeats. When discussing goal differential, they are ranked 10th in the East and 13th in the NHL with +9. They currently have a total of 143 goals for the year which ranks them 13th in the Eastern Conference. New York has a team save percentage of .915 which has them ranked 5th in the NHL, which means scoring chances may be limited. They have a shooting percentage of 9.7% which puts them at 10th in the East. In goal for New York is Semyon Varlamov who is having a marginal year by giving up 2.59 goals against average and that has him ranked 11th in the Eastern Conference and 17th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,716 mins he has played this season, he's allowed 74 goals. He holds a save percentage of .915, which places him at 10th in the Eastern Conference and 20th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The New York Islanders faced the Vancouver Canucks in a game where the Islanders took the defeat by a final of 4 - 3. For this matchup, New York wound up with a 59.5% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 66 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 45. They had a Fenwick percentage of 56.4% by way of having a Fenwick of 44 and the Canucks ending the game with a 34 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that New York had and it tells us they had an average game overall. Their PDO at even strength was 91.9 and they earned an oZS percentage of 66.0%. The Islanders notched 3 goals out of the 37 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play attempts in this outing but didn't put one in the back of the net. As for their opponent, the Canucks had 1 power play opportunity but were not able to score a goal. New York allowed 24 shots on goal and the Canucks had a total of 6 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take New York (-120)
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