Stars vs. Devils - 3/4/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Jersey Devils (31-27-7) at Dallas Stars (38-20-7)
NHL Hockey: Friday, March 4, 2016 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars -195 / New Jersey Devils +175 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, FSSW
The New Jersey Devils and Dallas Stars square off Friday night at the American Airlines Center.
The New Jersey Devils could use a win after losing 10 of their last 16 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring 20.4 percent of their power plays. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 23 goals, Adam Henrique has 19 assists and Michael Cammalleri has 101 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their power play chances. Cory Schneider has allowed 114 goals on 1,507 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has given up 27 goals on 306 shots. Schneider has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
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The Dallas Stars also need a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.8 percent of their power plays. Jamie Benn leads Dallas with 32 goals, Tyler Seguin has 36 assists and Jason Spezza has 156 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.1 percent of their power play chances. Antti Niemi has allowed 105 goals on 1,077 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has given up 78 goals on 831 shots. Niemi has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
The Devils are 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Stars are 16-5 in their last 21 games playing on 2 days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 home games. The Devils are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Dallas.
It's no secret the Stars are the better team, and New Jersey usually doesn't play well in Dallas or on the road period. However, are we really going to drink this much juice with a team that's lost seven of its last eight? Not me. I'll take a shot in the dark with the Devils and the big plus money.