Stars vs. Avalanche - 4/7/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Avalanche (39-37-4) at Dallas Stars (48-23-9)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars / Colorado Avalanche --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ALT, FSSW
The Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars meet Thursday at the American Airlines Center.
The Colorado Avalanche look for a win in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power plays. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 30 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 31 assists and Jarome Iginla has 177 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 143 goals on 1,683 shots faced and Calvin Pickard has given up 39 goals on 509 shots. Varlamov has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
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The Dallas Stars look for another win after winning six of their last eight games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.7 percent of their power plays. Jamie Benn leads Dallas with 41 goals, Tyler Seguin has 40 assists and Jason Spezza has 197 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their power play chances. Antti Niemi has allowed 116 goals on 1,216 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has given up 103 goals on 1,102 shots. Niemi has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Avalanche are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-10 in their last 11 vs. Central. The Stars are 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 18-8 in their last 26 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Avalanche are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Dallas and 8-1 in the last 9 meetings overall.
While the Avalanche have beat up the Stars over the years, you can't be confident with the way Colorado is playing at the moment. The Stars have extended rest and continue to build momentuem heading into the playoffs. I like the home team here.