Stars vs Capitals Prediction - NHL Picks 12/7/23

Washington Capitals (12-8-2) vs Dallas Stars (14-6-3)

Game Info: Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

Betting Odds: Washington Capitals +117 / Dallas Stars -145 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Dallas Stars and Washington Capitals face off on Thursday night in an NHL showdown at FLA Live Arena. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Stars vs Capitals prediction.

Stars Have Been Inconsistent 

The Stars have been inconsistent heading into this game and the big question is what Stars team is going to bounce back. Three games ago against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Stars won 8-1 and in the last game against the Lightning, they lost 4-0. The Stars are averaging 3.39 goals while their defense is giving up 2.83 goals per game. The offense is ranked 7th in the league and they are going to need the offense to get out to a fast start here. If the offense struggles early, this is going to be a long game. 

Dallas Stars Player Prop Facts

  • Joe Pavelski has recorded at least one point in nine of the Stars' last 10 games as favorites.
  • Thomas Harley has scored a goal in three of the Stars' last four games.
  • Joe Pavelski has recorded at least one assist in five of the Stars' last six games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Matt Duchene ranks T1st in the Western Conference for shootout goals (2) this season.

Capitals Offense is Ice Cold

The Capitals' offense is ice cold heading into this game and over the last two games the offense has managed only one goal. In the last game against the Arizona Coyotes, they were outscored 6-0. The Capitals on the season is averaging 2.27 goals while their defense is giving up 2.95 goals per game. The offense is ranked 31st in the league and with the talent, that isn’t good enough for this team. Alex Ovechkin has scored only five goals and added nine assists this season. 

Washington Capitals Player Prop Facts

  • Tom Wilson has recorded at least one point in each of his last four appearances against the Stars.
  • Max Pacioretty has scored at least one goal in three of his last four appearances with his team as a home underdog.
  • Alex Ovechkin has recorded at least one assist in each of the Capitals' last four home games against Central Division opponents.
  • Dylan Strome has the most multi-goal games for the Capitals this season (2).

Shane’s Free Pick

This total is too high. The Capitals offense has been an issue heading into this game and they are both going to really struggle in this game. In the last game they failed to score a goal and they are going to struggle to get on the board here. The Stars offense isn’t going to run up the score either and that will be the difference here as this game is going to stay under the total. Back the under to cash here. 

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

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