Canadiens vs. Stars - 3/8/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Stars (40-20-7) at Montreal Canadiens (30-30-6)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens / Dallas Stars --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, RDS
The Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens square off early Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.
The Dallas Stars could use a win after losing seven of their last 10 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 162 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their power play chances. Antti Niemi has allowed 105 goals on 1,077 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has given up 81 goals on 875 shots. Niemi has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
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The Montreal Canadiens also need a win after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.3 percent of their power plays. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 23 goals, Alex Galchenyuk has 20 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 154 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 84.5 percent of their power play chances. Mike Condon has allowed 107 goals on 1,125 shots faced and Ben Scrivens has given up 28 goals on 283 shots. Condon has allowed 11 goals in his last three games.
The Stars are 8-3 in their last 11 vs. a team with a losing record and 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Canadiens are 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 5-21 in their last 26 vs. Western Conference. The Stars are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Montreal.
Both teams in a funk and while the Stars are the better team overall, the Canadiens have actually been pretty solid at home as of late. So, if forced to pick this game, I'd side with Montreal at home.