Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks - 3/31/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks - 3/31/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Anaheim Ducks (27-30-11) vs Dallas Stars (37-25-3)

Game Info: Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 10:00 pm (Honda Center)

Betting Odds: Anaheim Ducks +144 / Dallas Stars -179 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Anaheim Ducks host the Dallas Stars in Thursday NHL Action.

The Dallas Stars come into this road contest with an overall record of 37-25-3. Through 65 games, the Stars are 5th in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 192 times, good for a rank of 21st among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Dallas is the 10th 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 6th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 17th ranked team in the NHL.

The Anaheim Ducks get set to host the Dallas Stars with an overall record of 27-30-11. This mark places them 7th in the Pacific division. Through 68 games, the Ducks have scored 191 goals, giving them an average of 2.75. This output gives them a rank of 22nd among NHL teams. On defense, Anaheim is the 23rd ranked unit, giving up 3.18 goals per contest. So far, the Ducks have played the 15th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Anaheim's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 22nd in the NHL.

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Through 65 games, the Dallas Stars' leading goal scorer is Jason Robertson. With his 30 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 61. On the season, he is turning 18.8% 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 65 games, he has come up with 24 goals on a shooting percentage of 13.5%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 12.0. Dallas' top goalie is Jake Oettinger, who is giving up an average of 2.49 goals per game. In his 37 games played, he has turned in 22 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 62 games, the Anaheim Ducks' goal and overall scoring leader is Troy Terry, with 54 points. He has reached his mark of 31 goals, on a shooting percentage of 21.8%. So far, 26.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Trevor Zegras, who has 33 assists to go along with his 16 goals. However, when on the ice, the Ducks are -21 in scoring differential. Anaheim's top goalie is John Gibson, who is giving up an average of 3.09 goals per game. In his 48 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 50 percent of the time.

Coming into this game, the Stars have an over-under record of 29-35-1. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 13-20-1. On the season, 46.0% of Dallas's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Stars. In Anaheim's 68 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 33-33-2. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing at home, going just 15-19-1. On the season, 51.0% of Anaheim's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 46.0% of the scoring coming from the Ducks. Even with a line set at just 5.5 goals, look for this to be a low-scoring contest, falling below the over-under line.

 

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