Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars - 3/16/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars - 3/16/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Stars (9-9-6) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (19-6-2)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)

Betting Odds: Dallas Stars +133 / Tampa Bay Lightning -153 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Dallas Stars meet in NHL action from the American Airlines Center on Tuesday night.

The Tampa Bay Lightning come into this one looking to rebound from a 6-3 loss to Nashville in their last matchup. Victor Hedman leads the Lightning in scoring with 26 points including a team-high 21 assists while Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat each have 26 points as well with Stamkos logging 13 goals and 13 assists and Palat chipping in 15 helpers and 11 goals this season. Brayden Point has 25 points with 15 assists and Mikhail Sergachev has 17 apples this year as part of his 19 points. As a team, Tampa Bay is averaging 3.7 goals per game on 30.7 shots per game with a 28.9% success rate on the power play. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.3 goals per game on 27.9 shots against per game with an 86.7% kill rate on the PK this season.

The Dallas Stars will look to build on a 2-1 win over Columbus last time out. Joe Pavelski leads the Stars in scoring with 25 points including a team-high 14 goals with 11 assists while John Klingberg has 17 points with a team-high 12 assists on the year. As a team, Dallas is averaging 2.8 goals per game on 28.8 shots per game with Dallas also converting on 24.1% of their power play opportunities while allowing 2.5 goals per game on 27.3 shots against per game and a 78% kill percentage on the PK this year.

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Tampa Bay is 9-4 in their last 13 games played on no rest and 37-14 in their last 51 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Dallas is 4-13 in their last 17 games overall and 2-8 in their last 10 home games while the over is 3-0-2 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days’ rest. Tampa Bay is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

I think you could make a case for either side here as Tampa Bay is ticked off that they’re on a win one, lose one deal right now while the Stars have been up and down in their own right all year long. However, the two sides have combined for just seven goals in two meetings this season and Dallas tends to play a more defensive brand of hockey to begin with so I’ll take the under in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Tampa Bay -153

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