Stars vs Kings Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/8/2020
Game: Dallas Stars vs Los Angeles Kings
Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Stars (-130) Kings (+118)
Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings (17-23-4, 8th in the Pacific Division) play the Dallas Stars (24-14-4, 3rd in the Central Division) at Staples Center on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. The moneyline on this game has the Stars priced at -130 and the Kings are at +118. The total is set at 5. The Stars are covering 55.0% of the time, having gone 22-18 SU. The Kings are covering 38.6% of the time, going 17-27 straight up.
The Dallas Stars step onto the ice holding a record of 24 wins and 14 defeats, putting them at 3rd in the Central Division. Thus far in the season, they have converted a total of 113 goals which ranks 13th in the Western Conference and 27th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +11, putting them at 11th in the NHL. The Stars currently have a total of 52 pts, which ranks 10th in the NHL and 4th in the West. In discussing shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,289 which ranks 12th in the West and 23rd in the NHL. As a team, Dallas has a total of 847 hits which has them averaging 20.2 per game. They currently have a total of 541 blocks for the season. The man looking after the goal for Dallas is Ben Bishop from Denver, Colorado. He is 33 years old and has played 1,574 mins in net for the campaign. Bishop is allowing an average of 2.33 GAA which places him at 4th among Western Conference goaltenders and 10th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the year, he's given up 61 goals. He holds a save percentage of .926 which places him at 4th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Dallas Stars will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 4 - 1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in their previous game. The Stars had a good offensive performance and it was apparent in this victory. For this matchup, they scored on 4 out of the 27 shots they put on net. Furthermore, they had 4 power play opportunities and notched 1 goal out of those tries. Dallas racked up a total of 10 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Stars sat at 34 and the Corsi against was 39 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 46.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 22 and the Fenwick against was 26, giving them a rate of 45.8%. They won 20 face-off wins and lost 19 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 42.9% and they had a PDO at even strength of 100.3 for this game. When it comes to their opponent, the Detroit Red Wings racked up a total of 23 shots. They finished with a total of 8 penalty mins and they earned 5 power play opportunities.
The Kings will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 17 wins and 23 defeats. in respect to goal differential, they are sitting 14th in the West and 28th in the NHL with -27. They have a total of 112 goals for the season which has them ranked at 14th in the conference. Los Angeles has a save % as a team of .889 which has them ranked 30th in the NHL, meaning there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They are shooting 7.6% which puts them at 15th in the Western Conference. In net for Los Angeles is Jonathan Quick who is having a bad campaign by surrendering 3.05 goals against average and that has him ranked 23rd in the Western Conference and 44th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,730 mins he has played this season, he's allowed 88 goals. He holds a save percentage of .893, which places him at 29th in the Western Conference and 58th among goalies in the NHL.
The Los Angeles Kings went up against the Columbus Blue Jackets in a matchup where the Kings were on the wrong end of the score by a final score of 4 - 2. While out there on the ice, Los Angeles had a 68.6% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 72 while the opposition had a Corsi of 33. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 69.2% by notching a Fenwick of 54 and the Blue Jackets having earned a 24 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Los Angeles had and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. They had a PDO of 87.4 and their oZS percentage was 68.0%. The Kings scored 2 goals of the 37 shots on goal they attempted. They had 1 power play chance in this one but weren't able to notch a goal. In discussing the opposition, the Blue Jackets had 1 power play chance but were not able to score a goal. Los Angeles allowed 24 shots on goal and the Blue Jackets ended up with a total of 0 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Dallas (-130)
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