Stars vs. Jets - 1/7/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Winnipeg Jets (19-19-2) at Dallas Stars (28-10-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars -195 / Winnipeg Jets +175 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Winnipeg Jets and Dallas Stars square off Thursday night at the American Airlines Center.
The Winnipeg Jets look for some consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring 15.2 percent of their power plays. Bryan Little leads Winnipeg with 14 goals, Blake Wheeler has 30 assists and Drew Stafford has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 77 percent of their power play chances. Michael Hutchinson has allowed 41 goals on 427 shots faced and Ondrej Pavelec has given up 38 goals on 405 shots. Hutchinson has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The Dallas Stars could use a victory after losing five of their last seven games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 22.4 percent of their power plays. Jamie Benn leads Dallas with 24 goals, Tyler Seguin has 27 assists and Patrick Sharp has 133 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their power play chances. Antti Niemi has allowed 64 goals on 739 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has given up 45 goals on 482 shots. Niemi has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
The Jets are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-13 in their last 16 road games. The Stars are 20-6 in their last 26 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Both clubs are consistent on the offensive end and neither goalender has been all that hot recently. The over has hit in four of the last five meetings between these two, so to avoid the heavy chalk, I'm siding with the over in this spot.