Columbus Blue Jackets at Dallas Stars

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The Dallas Stars have lost three in a row and they play host to a Blue Jackets team that snapped their five-game skid in their last game.

The Blue Jackets had lost five in a row before getting a much-needed win in their last game. The team is in the middle of the pack in the Central Division and seven points clear of Dallas, who is in the basement of the division. Columbus scored four goals in their last game but had struggled to score in the previous three games and on the season the team is only averaging 2.71 goals per game.

The Stars have lost three in a row and have been shut out in their last two games. They are in last place in the Central and while they have played pretty good defense on the season they are only averaging 2.56 goals per game.

These teams have split the two games facing each other this season. However, the Blue Jackets have won 13 of their last 16 games facing the Stars and have beaten them in seven of the last eight games in Dallas.

Giving the Fans a W

The Blue Jackets were at home in their last game beating the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 where the team played in front of home fans for the first time in over a year. Columbus scored three goals in the second period and Cam Atkinson scored shorthanded and had a goal and an assist and Riley Nash, Boone Jenner, and Jack Roslovic also lit the lamp. Joonas Korpisalo (6-7-4 3.13 GAA) stopped 19 of 20 shots in the win and while he only has one win in his last four starts he only gave up more than two goals in one of them. He will likely get the start in this game since Elvis Merzlikins (3-3-1 2.81 GAA) is out with an upper-body injury.

Atkinson leads the team in both goals (10) and points (19) and he has eight goals in his last 11 games.

Jenner ranks second on the team with seven goals and Oliver Bjorkstrand and Patrik Laine each has six goals. Columbus had only scored two goals in losing three in a row before putting up four goals in their last game.

Not the Best Rematch

The Stars last two games were against the Tampa Bay Lightning, who beat them in the Stanley Cup finals last season and Dallas failed to show up on offense being shut out in both games. They lost the first game 5-0 and the second one 2-0. In the last game, which was at home, they outshot the Lightning 28-19 and were 0-3 on the power play. Anton Khudobin (4-6-1 2.55 GAA) was in between the pipes for both games and after giving up five goals and being yanked in the first one he only gave up one goal on 18 shots in the last one. Backup Jake Oettinger (2-1-3 2.31 GAA) may get the call in this game and has given up three goals in each of his last two starts, which were both losses.

Joe Pavelski leads Dallas in both goals (10) and points (20) and he is the only player for the team that has more than four goals. He has one goal and two assists in the last five games. John Klingberg ranks second on the club with 14 points (3 goals 11 assists) and he has one goal and one assist in his last five games.

The Bottom Line
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Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Stars have lost three in a row and they were shut out in their last two games. Their offense has struggled to score the puck all season and now they face a Blue Jackets team that has beaten them in seven of the last eight games on home ice. Columbus snapped their losing streak in their last game putting up four goals while their attack did not get it done in the previous three games totaling two goals. These teams split the two games facing each other this season and in the game, the Stars scored nine goals. In this meeting, their offense will continue to find the back of the net and while they may play good defense the Blue Jackets will get the win.

Prediction:
Blue Jackets +135

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

I am leaning towards the Under in this game and with good reason. Not only have both teams had issues scoring on the season but the Stars have been shut out in their last two games. The Blue Jackets scored four goals in their last game and put up four in the last game facing the Stars but I do not see them lighting the lamp that often in this game. Both of the games this season between these teams went Over while the previous seven games the total went Under every time. In the Big D in this game, goals will be at a premium in a low scoring affair, which is why the Under is the pick.

Prediction:
Under 5.5 goals