Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars

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The Tampa Bay Lightning will go on the road and take on the Dallas Stars in a Central Division battle at American Airlines Center. These two teams have faced each other twice this season with the Lightning winning both games. Tampa Bay has a record of 19-6-2. The Stars have a record of 9-9-6.

Defending Champs Look Great

The Lightning are coming off a 4-1 loss against the Nashville Predators on Monday. Steven Stamkos scored Tampa’s lone goal. Curtis McElhinney stopped 22 out of 25 shots faced.

The offense has been rolling this season for the Lightning. They have scored three goals or more in eight out of the last 10 games. It has been a balanced effort on offense with 12 players having 10 points or more. Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat each lead the team with 26 points. Hedman leads all defensemen in points in the NHL. Palat has a point in five out of the last six games. The team ranks first in goals per game and scoring efficiency ratio, third in shooting %, and eighth in shots per game.

Although Tampa Bay has allowed three goals or more in six straight games, Andrei Vasilevskiy has been amazing in net this season. He has a 17-3-1 record with a 1.85 GAA and a .935 SV%. He ranks fifth in GAA, fourth in save %, and is tied for second in shutouts among goalies in the NHL. The team ranks fifth in goals against per game, third opponent shooting %, and save %, and sixth in shots against per game.

Stars Coming off Win

Dallas is coming off a 2-1 shootout win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday. Joe Pavelski scored Dallas’ lone goal. Jake Oettinger was sharp in net, stopping 29 out of 30 shots faced.

Offense has been mediocre for the Stars this season. They have scored two goals or less in six out of their last 10 games. The team ranks 19th in goals per game, 24th in shots per game, 15th in shooting %, and 13th in scoring efficiency ratio. Joe Pavelski leads the team with 25 points in 24 games played. He is tied for fifth in the league with 14 goals.

Defense and goaltending have been very good for Dallas this season. The team ranks eighth in goals against per game, third in shots against per game, and 15th in opponent shooting %, and save %. Anton Khudobin has a record of 5-8-1 with a 2.65 GAA and a .907 SV%. Jake Oettinger has a record of 4-1-5 with a 2.10 GAA and a .917 SV%.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Goals per game, goals against per game, shots per game, shooting % and opponent shooting %, scoring efficiency ratio, and save % all favor the Lightning in this matchup. The offense is a big advantage for the Lightning. The team ranks first in goals per game and scoring efficiency ratio, third in shooting %, and eighth in shots per game. Dallas ranks 19th in goals per game, 24th in shots per game, 15th in shooting %, and 13th in scoring efficiency ratio. Tampa Bay has shutout Dallas in both games they have played this season. The Lightning will win this game.

Prediction:
Tampa Bay Lightning (-160)

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The offense has been mediocre for the Stars this season. They have scored two goals or less in six out of their last 10 games. The team ranks 19th in goals per game, 24th in shots per game, 15th in shooting %, and 13th in scoring efficiency ratio. Although Tampa Bay has allowed three goals or more in six straight games, Andrei Vasilevskiy has been amazing in net this season. He has a 17-3-1 record with a 1.85 GAA and a .935 SV%. He ranks fifth in GAA, fourth in save %, and is tied for second in shutouts among goalies in the NHL. The Lightning rank fifth in goals against per game, third opponent shooting %, and save %, and sixth in shots against per game. The under has hit in three straight games between these two teams. The under will hit in this matchup.

Prediction:
Under 5.5