Dallas Stars at Montreal Canadiens - 3/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Montreal Canadiens (16-36-8) vs Dallas Stars (32-23-3)
Game Info: Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens +140 / Dallas Stars -175 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Montreal Canadiens host the Dallas Stars in Thursday NHL Action.
The Dallas Stars come into this road contest with an overall record of 32-23-3. Through 58 games, the Stars are 5th in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 170 times, good for a rank of 23rd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Dallas is the 12th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.95 goals per game. So far, the Stars have a strength of schedule rating of 4th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 18th ranked team in the NHL.
The Montreal Canadiens get set to host the Dallas Stars with an overall record of 16-36-8. This mark places them 8th in the Atlantic division. Through 60 games, the Canadiens have scored 150 goals, giving them an average of 2.47. This output gives them a rank of 31st among NHL teams. On defense, Montreal is the 32nd ranked unit, giving up 3.82 goals per contest. So far, the Canadiens have played the 17th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Montreal's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 32nd in the NHL.
Through 58 games, the Dallas Stars' leading goal scorer is Jason Robertson. With his 25 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 55. On the season, he is turning 19.7% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Stars have benefited from the strong play of Joe Pavelski, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Dallas's 58 games, he has come up with 23 goals on a shooting percentage of 14.6%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 13 Dallas's top goalie is Jake Oettinger, who is giving up an average of 2.45 goals per game. In his 31 games played, he has turned in 18 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
Through 60 games, the Montreal Canadiens' goal and overall scoring leader is Nick Suzuki, with 43 points. He has reached his mark of 16 goals, on a shooting percentage of 11.1%. So far, 44.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Artturi Lehkonen, who has 15 assists to go along with his 13 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +1. Montreal's top goalie is Sam Montembeault, who is giving up an average of 3.71 goals per game. In his 31 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 38% percent of the time.
Coming into this game, the Stars have an over-under record of 25-32-1. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 10-18-1. On the season, 45.0% of Dallas's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Stars. In Montreal's 60 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 35-24-1. So far, taking the over when the Canadiens are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 15-13. On the season, 60.0% of Montreal's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 39.0% of the scoring coming from the Canadiens. With a line set at 6.5 goals, look for this matchup to surpass that number, as each team should be in line for a big scoring night.
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