Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche - 8/31/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche - 8/31/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Gerry Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Stars (45-29-8) at Colorado Avalanche (49-24-9)

NHL Hockey: Monday, August 31, 2020 at 9:45 pm (Rogers Place)

The Line: Colorado Avalanche +110 / Dallas Stars -130 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Dallas Stars look for another victory here to win the series and advance to the next playoff round. The Dallas Stars are averaging 3.25 goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Joe Pavelski leads Dallas with seven goals, Miro Heiskanen has 12 assists and Jamie Benn has 31 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 3.17 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up eight goals on 58 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 28 goals on 323 shots.

The Colorado Avalanche need a victory here to save their season and force a game six on Wednesday. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.82 goals per game and are scoring on 27.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with seven goals, Gabriel Landeskog has 10 assists and Nazem Kadri has 40 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.45 goals per game and are killing 84.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 12 goals on 153 shots faced and Pavel Francouz has allowed 12 goals on 131 shots.

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The Stars are 4-1 in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite, 5-2 in their last 7 Monday games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Avalanche are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Central, 41-84 in their last 125 games playing on 0 days rest and 16-7 in their last 23 overall. The over is 4-0 in Stars last 4 overall. The over is 6-0 in Avalanche last 6 overall. The Stars are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Colorado and 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

We've been riding the Dallas Stars this entire series and they continue to cash at plus money. Now, oddsmakers are on the bandwagon and giving us juice in game five. The Colorado Avalanche are obviously a good team that's not going to go down quietly, but the Stars have found their offense in this series and continue to have these periods where they blitz the Avs. Backing the Stars has worked up to this point, so I'll lay the slight juice with them to close out this series.

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Randy’s Pick Dallas Stars -130

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