Stars vs. Maple Leafs - 12/23/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Maple Leafs (19-12-3) at Dallas Stars (14-13-5)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars -135 / Toronto Maple Leafs +122 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSNONT, FSSW
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars play Tuesday night at the American Airlines Center.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have split their last six games and look for their second road win of the month. The Maple Leafs are averaging 3.3 goals per game and have scored five goals in their last three games. The Toronto Maple Leafs have four power play goals in their last six games and have won seven of their last nine games when scoring three or more goals overall. Phil Kessel leads Toronto with 17 goals, Mike Santorelli has 16 assists and James van Riemsdyk has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Maple Leafs are allowing three goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Jonathan Bernier has allowed 64 goals on 772 shots faced and James Reimer has given up 36 goals on 387 shots.
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The Dallas Stars have won five of their last six games and play their fourth home game of the month. The Stars are averaging 2.9 goals per game on the season and have 10 goals in their last three games. The Dallas Stars have one power play goal in their last four games and have won three straight games when scoring at least three goals. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 25 goals, Jamie Benn has 20 assists and Jason Spezza has 70 shots on goal. Defensively, the Stars are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are 8-9 on power play kills in their last three games. Kari Lehtonen has allowed 77 goals on 805 shots faced and Anders Lindback has given up 21 goals on 154 shots.
The Maple Leafs are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The Stars are 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Maple Leafs are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Maple Leafs are in a bit of a funk recently and haven't done well on the road. The Stars are in a bit of a groove and are at home, which makes them the pick here.