Stars vs Sharks Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/11/2020
Game: Dallas Stars vs San Jose Sharks
Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020
Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Stars (-133) Sharks (+120)
SAP Center is the venue where Martin Jones and the San Jose Sharks (20-22-4, 6th in the Pacific Division) will take on the Dallas Stars (26-14-4, 2nd in the Central Division) on Saturday. The Stars open this game at -133 while the Sharks are coming in at +120. The over/under opens at 5.5. The Stars are covering 57.1% of the time, having gone 24-18 SU. The Sharks are covering 40.9% of the time, going 18-26 straight up.
The Dallas Stars step onto the ice holding a record of 26 wins and 14 losses, ranking them 2nd in the Central Division. During the year thus far, they have converted a total of 118 goals which is good for 13th in the West and 26th in the league. Their goal differential is +15, ranking them 9th in the league. The Stars currently have a total of 56 pts, which is good for 7th in the league and 2nd in the Western Conference. In the matter of shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,348 which is good for 11th in the West and 22nd in the league. As a unit, Dallas has compiled a total of 881 hits which means they are averaging 20 per game. They currently have a total of 560 blocks for this year. The man protecting the goal for Dallas is Ben Bishop from Denver, Colorado. He is 33 years old and has totaled 1,633 minutes in net for the year. Bishop is conceding an average of 2.24 goals per game which has him placed 3rd in the Western Conference and 6th among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has allowed 61 goals. His save % is .928 which has him placed 4th in the Western Conference.
The Dallas Stars will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 3 - 0 win over the Anaheim Ducks in their last contest. The Stars played like an average offensive team in the win. In this game, they earned a goal on 3 out of the 27 shots they attempted. In addition, they had 3 power play chances and notched 2 goals out of those chances. Dallas racked up a total of 11 penalty minutes for this outing. The Corsi for the Stars was 39 and the Corsi against was 56 giving them a Corsi percentage of 41.1%. Their Fenwick was 30 while the Fenwick against was 45, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 40.0%. They earned 26 face-off wins and lost 27 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 56.4% and they had a PDO of 104.5 for this matchup. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Anaheim Ducks earned a total of 27 shots. They finished with a total of 13 minutes in the box and they tallied 2 power play attempts.
The Sharks are the team looking to add points to their total and for the current year they have 20 wins and 22 losses. In terms of goal differential, they are ranked 15th in the conference and 29th in the NHL with -29. They have a total of 122 goals for this season which ranks 12th in the Western Conference. San Jose has a save % as a team of .891 which currently has them ranked 28th in the NHL, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a shooting percentage of 9.1% putting them at 9th in the conference. In net for San Jose is Martin Jones who is having a rough year by surrendering 3.19 goals against average and that ranks him 28th among Western Conference goaltenders and 53rd in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,767 minutes he has been on the ice, he's given up 94 goals. He holds a save percentage of .890, which has him placed 32nd among Western Conference goaltenders and 62nd in the NHL among goaltenders.
The San Jose Sharks went up against the Columbus Blue Jackets in a game where the Sharks took home the win by a final of 3 - 1. In this game, San Jose earned a 49.0% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 51 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 53. Their Fenwick percentage was 53.4% by earning a Fenwick of 39 and the Blue Jackets earning a 34 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that San Jose played and it shows us they played like an average team. They had a PDO of 103.6 and they had an oZS percentage of 35.1%. The Sharks scored 3 goals of the 33 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play opportunities in this game and netted 1 out of those chances. Regarding the opposition, the Blue Jackets had 2 power play opportunities but were not able to score a goal. San Jose gave way to 31 shots on goal and the Blue Jackets ended up with a total of 11 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take San Jose (+120)
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