Stars vs Wild Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/18/2020
Game: Dallas Stars vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Stars (-118) Wild (+107)
Xcel Energy Center is the site where Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild (20-20-6, 7th in the Central Division) will play the Dallas Stars (27-15-4, 2nd in the Central Division) on Saturday. The Wild open this game at +107 while the Stars are coming in at -118. The total opens at 5. The Stars are covering 55.6% of the time, having gone 25-20 SU. The Wild are covering 43.5% of the time, going 20-26 straight up.
The Dallas Stars head into this matchup with a record of 27 wins and 15 losses, which is good for 2nd in the Central Division. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 122 goals which puts them at 13th in the West and 28th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +15, which is good for 9th in the NHL. The Stars currently have a total of 58 points, which puts them at 7th in the NHL and 2nd in the conference. With reference to shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,406 which puts them at 11th in the West and 22nd in the NHL. As a team, Dallas has collected a total of 931 hits which has them averaging 20.2 per contest. They currently have a total of 593 blocks for the season. The goaltender for Dallas is Ben Bishop from Denver, Colorado. He is 33 years old and has played a total of 1,695 mins minding the net this season. Bishop is surrendering an average of 2.23 goals against average which puts him at 3rd in the West and 5th among goaltenders in the NHL. During this year, he has given up 63 goals. He holds a save % of .930 which puts him at 2nd in the West.
The Dallas Stars were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 2 victory against the Colorado Avalanche in their last game. The Stars had a middle of the road offensive performance in this victory. For this matchup, they converted 3 out of the 30 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 3 power play attempts and were able to notch 1 goal out of those tries. Dallas racked up a total of 9 penalty mins while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Stars was 50 and the Corsi against was 67 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 42.7%. Their Fenwick was 38 and the Fenwick against was 48, which gave them a rate of 44.2%. They won 28 face-off wins at even strength and lost 24 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 52.6% and they had a PDO of 102.5 in this one. Regarding their opponent, the Colorado Avalanche racked up a total of 43 shots. They ended the game with 11 penalty minutes and they had 2 power play opportunities.
The Wild are the team looking to add points to their total and for the current year they sit with 20 victories and 20 losses. With reference to goal differential, they currently sit 12th in the West and 25th in the NHL with -18. They have earned a total of 137 goals for the season which ranks 9th in the Western Conference. Minnesota has a team save percentage of .893 which currently has them sitting 27th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.1% putting them at 5th in the conference. In goal for Minnesota is Devan Dubnyk who is having a rough season by allowing 3.35 goals per game and that places him 32nd among West goaltenders and 62nd among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,237 minutes he has played this year, he's allowed 69 goals. He has a save percentage of .892, which ranks him 31st among West goaltenders and 60th among goalies in the NHL.
The Minnesota Wild squared up with the Pittsburgh Penguins in an outing where the Wild ended up taking the loss by a tally of 7 - 3. For this game, Minnesota earned a 50.0% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 34 while their opponent had a Corsi of 34. Their Fenwick rate came in at 46.7% by notching a Fenwick of 28 and the Penguins finishing with a 32 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Minnesota had and you could say that they played like a middle of the road team. They had a PDO at even strength of 87.9 and they earned an oZS percentage of 33.3%. The Wild converted 3 goals out of the 29 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 power play chances in this game and were able to convert 1 out of those opportunities. Regarding the opposition, the Penguins had 4 power play chances and went on to score 2 goals. Minnesota gave up 29 shots on goal and the Penguins ended up with 4 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Dallas (-118)
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