Stars vs Blue Jackets Prediction - NHL Picks 11/9/23

Columbus Blue Jackets (4-5-3) vs Dallas Stars (7-3-1)

Game Info: Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets +168 / Dallas Stars -205 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Dallas Stars will play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Dallas has lost two games in a row, while Columbus has lost six of their last seven games. 

Stars Preview

The Dallas Stars are 7-3-1 this season after they lost to the Boston Bruins by a score of 3-2 in their last game. Dallas trailed 2-0 in the third period and they tried to comeback, but fell just short. The Stars out shot Boston by a total of 37-29 and went 0-3 on the power play in the game. Dallas lost to Vancouver by a score of 2-0 in the game prior to Boston. The Dallas Stars are scoring 2.82 goals per game and they are allowing 2.55 goals against per game, while going 9.7% on the power play and 92.5% on the penalty kill. Roope Hintz has led the Stars with five goals, six assists, and 28 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Dallas is Jake Oettinger, who is 5-2-1 this year with a 2.11 goals against average and a .933 save percentage. 

Blue Jackets Preview

The Columbus Blue Jackets are 4-5-3 this year after they lost to the Florida Panthers in overtime by a score of 5-4 in their last game. Columbus trailed 3-0 in the first period, but they came back to lead 4-3 in the third, before losing in overtime. The Blue Jackets were out shot by a total of 46-23 and went 1-2 on the power play in the loss. Columbus’ only win in their last seven games came against Tampa Bay by a score of 4-2. The Columbus Blue Jackets are scoring 2.67 goals per game and they are allowing 3.25 goals against per game, while going 14.6% on the power play and 86.8% on the penalty kill. Ivan Provorov has led the Blue Jackets this season with nine assists and 14 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Columbus is Elvis Merzlikins, who is 3-3-2 this year with a 3.20 goals against average and a .897 save percentage. 

Columbus Blue Jackets Team Facts

  • The Blue Jackets have lost each of their last five night games at Nationwide Arena against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The Blue Jackets have covered the puck line in eight of their last nine home games against the Stars.
  • The Blue Jackets have lost the third period in seven of their last eight games as underdogs after coming off overtime.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Blue Jackets' last four games as underdogs against opponents on a losing streak.

Dallas Stars Team Facts

  • The Stars have won each of their last 10 night games following a home loss.
  • The Stars have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last nine night games at Nationwide Arena against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The Stars have won the second period in each of their last four games against the Blue Jackets following a loss.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in three of the Stars' last four games as favorites.

Columbus Blue Jackets Player Prop Facts

  • Jack Roslovic has recorded at least one point in each of the Blue Jackets' last six games against the Stars at Nationwide Arena.
  • Jack Roslovic has recorded at least one assist in each of the Blue Jackets' last six games against the Stars at Nationwide Arena.
  • Alexandre Texier has scored a goal in four of his last five appearances against Central Division opponents at Nationwide Arena.
  • Emil Bemstrom has the most Power Play Goals for the Blue Jackets this season (3).

Dallas Stars Player Prop Facts

  • Jamie Benn has recorded at least one point in each of the Stars' last five games as favorites against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Wyatt Johnston has scored a goal in each of the Stars' last three games as favorites against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Jamie Benn has recorded at least one assist in each of the Stars' last four games as favorites against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Jason Robertson has recorded two assists against the Blue Jackets this season - most against any opponent.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Columbus Blue Jackets ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (1).
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets ranks T4th in the league for power play goals against this season (5).
  • The Dallas Stars ranks 5th in the league for goals against per game this season (2.55).
  • The Dallas Stars ranks T1st in the league for power play goals against this season (3).

Pick

Dallas comes into this game on a two game losing streak, but they are still one of the better teams in the NHL and will have a chance to get back on track against a poor Columbus team. The Blue Jackets have really struggled in their last seven games and they are only 3-3-1 at home. Dallas has been the much better defensive team this year, but their power play has not been good. The Stars are the way better team and I think they are going to hold Columbus to two goals or fewer. Take Dallas -1.5 in this one. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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