Montreal Canadiens vs. Dallas Stars - 3/13/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Stars (38-25-6) at Montreal Canadiens (25-32-12)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +153 / Dallas Stars -170 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, RDS
The Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.
The Dallas Stars could use a feel good victory here after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 36 goals, John Klingberg has 50 assists and Jamie Benn has 203 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 117 goals on 1,409 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has allowed 50 goals on 635 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or less goals in each of their last five games.
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The Montreal Canadiens also need a pick me up victory in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 24 goals, Alex Galchenyuk has 24 assists and Max Pacioretty has 212 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 76.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 124 goals on 1,296 shots faced and Charlie Lindgren has allowed 33 goals on 383 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.
The Stars are 1-4 in their last 5 road games, 9-3 in their last 12 vs. a team with a losing record and 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Canadiens are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games and 7-19 in their last 26 overall. The Stars are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Montreal, the home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Montreal.
I'm not trying to get behind either one of these teams in their current form, but the Dallas Stars do have the rest advantage and have at least been holding their own on the defensive end. The Montreal Canadiens are simply losing ugly game after ugly game and have been outscored 4-13 in their last three games. If I had to pick this contest, I'd side with the Dallas Stars.