Dallas Stars vs. Boston Bruins - 1/16/14
Boston Bruins (29-15-2) at Dallas Stars (21-18-7)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars +114 / Boston Bruins -126 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, FS-SW
The Eastern Conference’s top team, the Boston Bruins, comes into Dallas to play the Stars at American Airlines Center on Thursday night.
The loss of defensemen Dennis Seidenberg has been glaringly obvious for the Bruins, who are just 3-5 since the injury. The Bruins allow 2.17 goals per contest on the season, but since Seidenberg’s knee injury Boston has given up 3.12 goals per game. On Tuesday, the Bruins dropped a 4-3 game to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins posted 41 shots on goal and finished three times, which means the scoring chances are abundant, but the defense has to tighten up in front of Tukka Rask to tide off the rest of the Eastern Conference.
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The Dallas Stars are fighting to stay in the playoff race after losing six straight games to open the 2014 calendar year. The Stars managed to snap the losing streak on Tuesday night against the bottom dwelling Edmonton Oilers. The Stars opened the game up with a goal by Erik Cole just 14 seconds into the game. The Oilers responded moments later, but the Stars then scored three unanswered goals on the way to a 5-2 victory. The win not only broke a losing streak, but the Dallas offense finally came out of a funk with contributions from nine different players including and assist from Tyler Seguin, who has recently gone cold.
In the first of two meetings this season the Stars bested the Bruins in a shootout 3-2 at TD Garden. The Stars are 0-6 in the last six games against an Eastern Conference opponent, and 1-6 in the last seven overall. On the other hand, the Bruins are 5-2 in the last seven versus the Western Conference. One matchup I will be intrigued to see is how former Bruin Tyler Seguin performs against his former teammates. The defensive unit for Boston is compensating for the missing minutes and depth, which leaves plenty of opportunity for a hungry Dallas offensive bunch. It is just a lean, but I am going to go with the Stars, who are looking to climb back into the Western Conference playoff race before it is too late.