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Stars vs. Lightning - 3/17/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning (40-25-5) at Dallas Stars (41-21-9)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)

The Line: Dallas Stars / Tampa Bay Lightning --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN, FSSW

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars square off Thursday night at the American Airlines Center.

The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a bounce back win after losing four of their last five games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16.2 percent of their power plays. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 31 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 30 assists and Alex Killorn has 127 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 83.6 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed 103 goals on 1,423 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 47 goals on 551 shots. Bishop has allowed four goals in his last three games.

Stars vs. Lightning - 3/17/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Dallas Stars could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power plays. Jamie Benn leads Dallas with 34 goals, Tyler Seguin has 39 assists and Jason Spezza has 181 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.8 percent of their power play chances. Antti Niemi has allowed 111 goals on 1,124 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has given up 91 goals on 937 shots. Niemi has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.

The Lightning are 7-2 in their last 9 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Stars are 16-5 in their last 21 Thursday games and 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Lightning are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Dallas and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings overall.

The Lightning have had the upper hand over the Stars recently and have been on fire when playing outside of Tampa Bay. With the Stars also playing the way they're playing, you have to like the road team in this spot. 

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