Dallas Stars vs. Anaheim Ducks - 3/9/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Anaheim Ducks (34-22-12) at Dallas Stars (37-24-6)
NHL Hockey: Friday, March 9, 2018 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars -190 / Anaheim Ducks +143 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSWHD, FSSW
The Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars meet Friday in NHL action at the American Airlines Center.
The Anaheim Ducks could use a big road victory after splitting their last six games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Rickard Rakell leads Anaheim with 28 goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 38 assists and Corey Perry has 133 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 83.2 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 115 goals on 1,571 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 45 goals on 597 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 12 games.
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The Dallas Stars could use a feel good victory here after losing six of their last nine games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 36 goals, John Klingberg has 49 assists and Jamie Benn has 194 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 83.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 117 goals on 1,409 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has allowed 47 goals on 579 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 14 games.
The Ducks are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference, 4-0 in their last 4 Friday games and 7-2 in their last 9 overall. The Stars are 6-1 in their last 7 Friday games and 15-7 in their last 22 vs. Pacific. The Ducks are 19-40-2 in the last 61 meetings in Dallas, the home team is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Dallas.
The Anaheim Ducks haven't had much success playing in Dallas and are playing on the end of a back to back, which doesn't help matters. But I'm not laying that price with the Dallas Stars considering they're in a bit of a funk themselves. Laying almost -200 odds with a team that's won just four times since February 11 doesn't sound too smart to me. So, based on the value, I'm going to back the Ducks and the big plus money.