Montreal Canadiens vs. Dallas Stars - 2/15/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Dallas Stars (33-19-5) at Montreal Canadiens (27-26-7)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -105 / Dallas Stars -115 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens meet Saturday in NHL action at the Centre Bell.
The Dallas Stars look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Jamie Bean leads Dallas with 18 goals, Tyler Seguin has 30 assists and Alexander Radulov has 114 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 85 goals on 1,122 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 48 goals on 665 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or more goals in six of their last 11 games.
The Montreal Canadiens look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Tatar leads Montreal with 20 goals, Max Domi has 23 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 190 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 128 goals on 1,466 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 24 goals on 192 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.
The Stars are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Montreal. The home team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings The under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Montreal and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Dallas Stars are playing the better hockey entering this matchup and have the rest advantage, which is key considering they can rely on their defense to expose tired legs. The Montreal Canadiens are on the end of a back to back and have been sloppy at times, so I'm not sure I trust them in this spot. The Stars have also won three of the last five meetings against the Canadiens and are showing clear signs of getting back on track in the goaltending department. I'll side with the Stars on the road and the cheap price.