Dallas Stars vs. Colorado Avalanche - 8/30/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Dallas Stars vs. Colorado Avalanche - 8/30/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche (49-23-9) at Dallas Stars (44-29-8)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Rogers Place)

The Line: Dallas Stars +117 / Colorado Avalanche -127 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche meet Sunday in game four of the NHL West Second Round at the Rogers Place.        

The Dallas Stars look for a victory here to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Dallas Stars are averaging 3.25 goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Joe Pavelski leads Dallas with seven goals, Miro Heiskanen has 12 assists and Jamie Benn has 31 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 3.17 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up eight goals on 58 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 28 goals on 323 shots.

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The Colorado Avalanche look for another win here to even up the series at 2-2. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.82 goals per game and are scoring on 27.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with seven goals, Gabriel Landeskog has 10 assists and Nazem Kadri has 40 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.45 goals per game and are killing 84.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 12 goals on 153 shots faced and Pavel Francouz has allowed 12 goals on 131 shots.

The Avalanche are 4-0 in their last 4 Sunday games, 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Central and 16-7 in their last 23 overall. The Stars are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference, 16-38 in their last 54 Sunday games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The over is 6-0 in Avalanche last 6 overall. The over is 4-0 in Stars last 4 overall. The Avalanche are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings. The under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

The Dallas Stars are winning this series despite being underdogs in all three games, and they've won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Colorado Avalanche overall. The Stars are a team we faded a lot and didn't like when entering the bubble, but they've improved their play lately and are finding more success offensively. While the Avalanche are the better team and probably should be favored, it's hard to ignore plus money with a team that keeps finding ways to win. I have to side with the Stars.

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Randy’s Pick Dallas Stars +117

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.