Dallas Stars vs Los Angeles Kings Prediction, 12/9/2021 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Dallas Stars vs Los Angeles Kings
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Bally Sports West
Odds/Point Spread: Stars (-127) Kings (+105)
Anton Khudobin and the Dallas Stars (13-7-2) travel to Staples Center on Thursday where they'll meet the Los Angeles Kings (10-10-4). The odds on this game have the Stars priced at -127 and the Kings are at +105. The total is set at 5.5.
The Stars came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 4-1 win over the Coyotes in their last outing. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 40.6% and their PDO rating was 109.0 for this matchup. They had 24 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 24 attempts to win the face-off. Their Fenwick came in at 27 and the Fenwick Against sat at 22, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 55.1%. The Corsi for the Stars was sitting at 42 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 32 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 56.8%. Dallas accumulated 8 penalty minutes in this matchup. They also had 4 chances with the advantage and notched 1 goal. The Stars had a good offensive performance in the win. For the game, they tallied a score on 4 of the 27 shots they tried.
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When discussing their goal scoring prowess, the Dallas Stars have notched 63 goals (23rd in hockey) this year and have given up 58. For the season, they have scored 28 points and their points % is .636. Dallas steps onto the ice with 61 power play chances and they have notched 16 goals during those advantages, earning them a percentage of 26.23%. While at even strength, the Stars have given up 45 goals while earning 47 on the offensive side of the ice. Dallas has taken 652 shots and has a shooting percentage of 9.7%. The Stars have had 662 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .912. Dallas Stars opponents have earned 68 power play tries (21st in professional hockey) and have come away with 13 goals in those chances.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Anton Khudobin. In his career, Khudobin has 134 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .568. He has a save percentage of .916 for his 14,209 minutes played. Khudobin has had 7,067 shots against him and he has 6,475 total saves. Opponents have been able to score 592 goals against Khudobin in his NHL career and his goals against average is 2.50. He has earned a mark of 114-90-33 and he has gotten the start in 236 games. Khudobin has participated in 257 games over the course of his hockey career.
In their last contest, Los Angeles faced the Canucks in a matchup where the Kings took a loss by a score of 4-0. Los Angeles went home with a 50.0% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Los Angeles played and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 49.3% by compiling a Fenwick of 36 and the Canucks having earned a 37 Fenwick at even strength. Their PDO was 92 and their percentage of oZS was 62.9%. The Kings scored 0 goals of the 31 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play opportunities in this outing but weren't able to score a goal.
This season, the Los Angeles Kings have tallied 63 goals, 24 points, and a points percentage of .500. They have allowed 66 goals to be scored by way of 50 goals at even strength and 16 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Kings have earned 47 goals at even strength and 16 goals (14th in hockey) while on the power play. They have a tally of 80 power play chances and they have a power play percentage of 20.00%. Los Angeles has attempted 845 shots (8th in the NHL) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 7.46%, while allowing the other team 726 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 73.77% on their opponents 61 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage sits at 90.9%.
Across the rink you will find Jonathan Quick defending the goal. His opponents are averaging 2.40 goals per contest and he has yielded 1,587 goals altogether. Quick's rate of quality starts comes out to 54.3% and he has 363 quality starts in his career. He got the starting nod in 669 games and his ice time sits at 39,623 minutes. Quick has compiled a career mark of 341-254-72 and has been in goal for 679 games. He has compiled 16,696 stops out of 18,283 shots tried, which gives him a percentage of .913.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+105)
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