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The Dallas Stars have turned a corner on their season and are ready to make a push for the playoffs as they are coming off two decisive wins against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Stars will face a Detriot Red Wings team that is clearly out of the playoff picture but has been playing better lately and look to end their season on a high note.
Red Wings offense showed promise during winning streak
The Red Wings have been the worst team in the Central Division this season, winning only 16 of their 46 games. However, the Red Wings were able to win three games in a row before getting embarrassed against the Blackhawks 4-0. The offense saw Robby Fabbri and Adam Erne step up as a unit that only scores 2.2 goals per game has seen the duo combine for 21 goals this season.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) April 16, 2021
While the offense only recently came to life, the defense has struggled over the course of the season, allowing 3.1 goals per game and looking to only worsen as the team traded Patrik Nemeth and Jonathan Merrill at the trade deadline. The duo of Marc Staal and Filip Hronek are playing respectably, combining for 3.3 defensive point shares and 77 blocked shots but the rest of the unit has been awful this season. In addition, the goaltending of both Jonathan Bernier and Thomas Greiss has been a mess throughout the season, allowing 3 goals or more per game and saving less than .900 percent of shots.
Stars offense takes off
The Dallas Stars have only won 17 of their 43 games this season but in the last two games, the offense has come to life with 4-1 and 5-1 victories against the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was a great sign for a team that is only scoring 2.8 goals per game and only has three skaters with 10 goals or more in Joe Pavelski, Roope Hintz, and Jason Robertson, who have combined for 43 of the Stars 128 goals.
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 18, 2021
While the offense has only played well recently, the defense has played well all season long, allowing only 2.4 goals per game and playing well across the board. The duo of Miro Heiskanen and Esa Lindell have combined for 5.8 defensive point shares and 122 blocked shots while the duo of Jamie Oleksiak and John Klingberg have combined for 4.3 defensive point shares and 109 blocked shots. In addition, Anton Khudobin and Jake Oettinger have been incredible in the net, combining for a .916 save percentage and only allowing 2.2 goals per game.
Stars are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite.
Stars are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 day’s rest.
Stars are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Red Wings are 5-16 in their last 21 Monday games.
Red Wings are 6-23 in their last 29 games following a home loss of 3 or more goals.
Red Wings are 11-43 in their last 54 games following a loss of 3 or more goals.
Red Wings are 9-45 in their last 54 games as a road underdog.
Red Wings are 9-45 in their last 54 road games.
The Bottom Line
Full-Game Side Bet
The Red Wings are coming off two impressive victories prior to their recent defeat and it appears they have turned a corner on their lost season. However, the Stars look red hot right now and after handling the Blue Jackets, look poised to play well down the stretch. The Stars should constantly eliminate the Red Wings offense with Miro Heiskanen and Esa Lindell playing well in addition to Anton Khudobin constantly saving the shots from a struggling Red Wings offense. In addition, the Stars should be able to find the back of the net a few times with their top line of Joe Pavelski and Roppe Hintz finding open shots against a struggling defense. The Stars should win this game and cover the spread to continue their winning ways.
Stars -1.5 (+111)
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Full-Game Total Pick
The Stars have run up the score in their last two victories and while they might be able to once again pile on the goals, the Red Wings offense has been awful this season. As a result, the Stars should be able to constantly blank and potentially shut out the Red Wings offense with Anton Khudobin playing well in the net and the entire defense continuing to eliminate chances in the offensive zone. Meanwhile, the Stars should find the back f the net a few times but the lack of an offensive presence on the backend will prevent them from running up the score in this game. The Under should cover with both offenses struggling and the Stars defense playing exceptionally in this game.