Dallas Stars vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 1/2/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbus Blue Jackets (22-15-3) at Dallas Stars (22-15-3)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars -140 / Columbus Blue Jackets +127 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, FSSW
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars meet Tuesday in NHL action at the American Airlines Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 11.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Josh Anderson leads Columbus with 14 goals, Artemi Panarin has 24 assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 65 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 80 goals on 976 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 26 goals on 271 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed a combined 15 goals in their last three games.
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The Dallas Stars look for another win after winning four of their last five games. The Dallas Stars are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 19 goals, John Klingberg has 29 assists and Jamie Benn has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 75 goals on 875 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has allowed 28 goals on 300 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Blue Jackets are 0-5 in their last 5 road games, 17-7 in their last 24 Tuesday games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Stars are 18-6 in their last 24 home games, 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Blue Jackets are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Dallas, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Dallas Stars have been stringing wins together nicely as of late and continue to play lights out hockey on their home ice. We can't say the same about the Columbus Blue Jackets, a team that's dropped six of their last eight overall and five straight on the road. Columbus has also given up five goals in each of its last three games. I'm siding with Dallas here and the reasonable price.