Dallas Stars vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 10/22/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbus Blue Jackets (1-2-0) at Dallas Stars (2-1-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars / Columbus Blue Jackets --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, FSSW
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars square off Saturday night in a NHL matchup at the American Airlines Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look for back-to-back wins to get back to a .500 record after beating the Chicago Blackhawks Friday night. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 40 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Werenski leads Columbus with two goals, Nick Foligno has three assists and Brandon Saad has 12 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 4.5 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed nine goals on 107 shots faced and has allowed three or more goals in five of his last eight games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have won their last three road games.
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The Dallas Stars look for a nice home victory after a solid 2-1-1 start to the season. The Stars are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with two goals, Devin Shore has three assists and Adam Cracknell has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 76.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Kari Lehtonen has given up six goals on 80 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed seven goals on 55 shots. The Dallas Stars have won 13 straight regular season games when allowing three or less goals. Patrick Eaves, Ales Hemsky and Jiri Hudler are questionable.
The Blue Jackets are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 3-7 in their last 10 road games. The Stars are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Dallas and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings overall.
The Stars are getting good play on the offensive end and are catching the Blue Jackets on the end of a tough back-to-back against two playoff teams. You have to give the Dallas Stars a huge advantage here, which is why I'm backing the home team to win this game.