Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars - 3/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars - 3/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Stars (36-24-3) vs Vancouver Canucks (31-26-9)

Game Info: Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 7:00 pm (American Airlines Center)

Betting Odds: Dallas Stars -161 / Vancouver Canucks +130 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Dallas Stars host the Vancouver Canucks in Saturday NHL Action.

The Vancouver Canucks come into this road contest with an overall record of 31-26-9. Through 66 games, the Canucks are 5th in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 188 times, good for a rank of 20th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Vancouver is the 14th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.83 goals per game. So far, the Canucks have a strength of schedule rating of 13th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 19th ranked team in the NHL.

The Dallas Stars get set to host the Vancouver Canucks with an overall record of 36-24-3. This mark places them 5th in the Central division. Through 63 games, the Stars have scored 188 goals, giving them an average of 2.92. This output gives them a rank of 20th among NHL teams. On defense, Dallas is the 13th ranked unit, giving up 2.95 goals per contest. So far, the Stars have played the 6th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Dallas's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 17th in the NHL.

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Through 64 games, the Vancouver Canucks goal and overall scoring leader is J.T. Miller, with 78 points. He has reached his mark of 27 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.8%. So far, 26.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Quinn Hughes, who has 47 assists to go along with his 5 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +9.0. Vancouver's top goalie is Thatcher Demko, who is giving up an average of 2.69 goals per game. In his 53 games played, he has turned in 28 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 63 games, Dallas' leading goal scorer is Jason Robertson. With his 31 goals and 29 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 60. On the season, he is turning 19.3% 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 63 games, he has come up with 24 goals on a shooting percentage of 14.2%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +14.0. Dallas's top goalie is Jake Oettinger, who is giving up an average of 2.49 goals per game. In his 35 games played, he has turned in 19 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

On the season, the Vancouver Canucks have a per-game scoring differential of -0.03. Things haven't gone any better on the road as they losing road games by an average of -0.18 goals. As the Vancouver Canucks get set to take on the Stars, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 1-4. During this stretch, they have scored 9 goals, accounting for 41.0% of the scoring in these contests. If the Canucks hope to break out of their slump, they need to pick up their offensive play. During this stretch, they have outscored their average of 2.83 goals, just once. Look for the Stars to take advantage of playing a struggling Vancouver unit. I recommend taking Dallas on the moneyline.

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