Dallas Stars vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 1/25/14
Pittsburgh Penguins (36-13-2) at Dallas Stars (23-20-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars +129 / Pittsburgh Penguins -142 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FS-SW
The Dallas Stars look to stay hot at home against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, who bring a two game winning streak into American Airlines Center on Saturday.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are simply a model of consistency. The Pens have won four of five games and are 7-2-1 in the last ten games overall. Pittsburgh has done so by playing its brand of hockey, which is to score goals. The Pens lead the Eastern Conference in goals this season with 168 entering Saturday’s game. Pittsburgh has maintained the ability to score through its staples such as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, but this season there has also been extraordinary play from other sources. A prime example is Chris Kunitz, who has 25 goals, which is one goal shy of a career high, and 28 assists through 51 games.
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On Thursday, the Dallas Stars finally showcased some of the potential offensive firepower that we heard about coming into this season. The Stars tallied seven goals against a scorching Toronto team that entered the game looking for a seventh consecutive win. Perhaps the most impressive part of the offensive outburst by Dallas is that Tyler Seguin, who is the teams leading goal scorer, was without a goal. Jamie Benn scored his 18th, but the Stars finally received production from guys on bottom lines including Trevor Daley, Rich Peverly, and Valeri Nichushkin, who had two goals and a helper. The Stars have now scored 11 goals in the past two games, both coming at American Airlines.
This will be the first matchup between these two sides this season. The Penguins are 7-1 in the last eight meetings with the Stars, but the home team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings overall. Pittsburgh is 6-0 in the last six following a win. The Pens are 7-2 in the last nine versus the Central Division and 10-4 in the last 14 road contests. Dallas has not performed well against the East this season with only one win on the year, but the Metropolitan has been particularly poor with a 0-4 mark in the last four. This will be the fourth game in six days for Dallas and after making a national splash by throttling Toronto, I think the Stars are ripe for the picking here.