Dallas Stars vs. Montreal Canadiens - 12/19/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (20-10-3) at Dallas Stars (23-7-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars -175 / Montreal Canadiens +155 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars meet Saturday night at the American Airlines Center.
The Montreal Canadiens need a big victory after losing five of their last six games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power plays. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 14 goals, Tomas Plekanec has 20 assists and Dale Weise has 80 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 86.9 percent of their power play chances. Mike Condon has allowed 41 goals on 463 shots faced and Carey Price has given up 24 goals on 365 shots. Condon has allowed five goals in his last three games.
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The Dallas Stars could also use a victory after splitting their last eight games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power plays. Jamie Benn leads Dallas with 20 goals, Tyler Seguin has 25 assists and Jason Spezza has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their power play chances. Antti Niemi has allowed 47 goals on 517 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has given up 34 goals on 398 shots. Niemi has allowed four goals in his last three games.
The Canadiens are 39-14 in their last 53 Saturday games and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Stars are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 37-14 in their last 51 overall. The Canadiens are 2-6-1 in the last 9 meetings in Dallas.
The Stars have cooled off as of late, which could be a good thing for a struggling Montreal team. We all know it's only a matter of time before the Canadiens get back on track. I'll take a shot here with the plus money.