Colorado Avalanche vs. Dallas Stars - 12/3/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Stars (15-10-1) at Colorado Avalanche (12-10-2)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche / Dallas Stars --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, ALT
The Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche meet Sunday in NHL action at the Pepsi Center.
The Dallas Stars look for another victory after winning six of their last seven games. The Dallas Stars are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 22.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 12 goals, John Klingberg has 18 assists and Jamie Benn has 74 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 83.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 52 goals on 581 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has allowed 15 goals on 146 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or less goals in six of their last seven games.
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The Colorado Avalanche look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last eight games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 19.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Gabriel Landeskog leads Colorado with nine goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 20 assists and Tyson Barrie has 55 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 43 goals on 455 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 30 goals on 302 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in each of their last six games.
The Stars are 21-53 in their last 74 games playing on 0 days rest, 16-37 in their last 53 road games and 19-41 in their last 60 Sunday games. The Avalanche are 12-41 in their last 53 games playing on 1 days rest, 17-35 in their last 52 Sunday games and 25-63 in their last 88 overall. The Stars are 2-10 in the last 12 meetings in Colorado, 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
This is a winnable game for Colorado on its home ice, but there's been little consistency with this team as of late. The Dallas Stars are in much better form at the moment and have won seven of the last 10 meetings against Colorado. I don't back road teams on the end of a back to back often, but the Stars are playing better hockey, so I'll side with Dallas here.