Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche - 8/24/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche - 8/24/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Stars (43-28-8) at Colorado Avalanche (48-22-9)

NHL Hockey: Monday, August 24, 2020 at 9:45 pm (Rogers Place)

The Line: Colorado Avalanche -160 / Dallas Stars +145 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche meet Monday in game two of the NHL West Second Round at the Rogers Place.    

The Dallas Stars look for another victory to get off to a fast 2-0 start in this series. The Dallas Stars are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Joe Pavelski leads Dallas with six goals, Miro Heiskanen has 10 assists and Jamie Benn has 26 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing three goals per game and are killing 77.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up eight goals on 58 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 21 goals on 252 shots.

The Colorado Avalanche look for a bounce back performance to even up this series at 1-1. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.78 goals per game and are scoring on 29.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Nazem Kadri leads Colorado with six goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 10 assists and Mikko Rantanen has 29 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing two goals per game and are killing 88.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 12 goals on 153 shots faced and Pavel Francouz has allowed four goals on 68 shots.

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The Stars are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference, 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Avalanche are 21-9 in their last 30 games as a favorite, 43-18 in their last 61 games playing on 1 days rest and 15-6 in their last 21 overall. The under is 51-23-9 in Stars last 83 games following a win. The over is 4-0 in Avalanche last 4 overall. The Stars are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

The Colorado Avalanche should be the favorites here, as they've been the better team long term and have been far more trustworthy at both ends of the ice. With that said, the Stars are playing their best hockey in quite some time with four straight wins, an improved offense, and they've won six of the last eight games against the Avs. We cashed on the Dallas Stars as big underdogs in game one, and they blitzed the Avalanche early with three first period goals to cruise to an easy winner. We might as well ride the hot hand and take our chances with another big payout.

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Randy’s Pick Dallas Stars +145

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