Dallas Stars (51-32-8) at Tampa Bay Lightning (57-26-7)
NHL Hockey: Monday, September 21, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -152 / Dallas Stars +139 --- Over/Under: 5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Dallas Stars take on the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in game two of the Stanley Cup Finals in NHL action from Rogers Place on Monday night.
The Dallas Stars will try to take a 2-0 series lead after holding the Lightning to a 4-1 win over the Bolts from game one last time out.
Joel Hanley opened the scoring for the Stars just under six minutes into the game but Yanni Gourde would restore the tie at one goal apiece with 7:28 to go in the first. The tie held into the second while Jamie Oleksiak would restore the two-goal cushion with 7:30 to go in the second. Joel Kiviranta pushed the lead to 3-1 later in the second. The 3-1 scoreline held up until late in the 3rd when Jason Dickinson restores Dallas’ lead to make it 4-1 on the board and to give the Stars the early series lead.
Anton Khudobin got the win in goal for Dallas after stopping 35 of 36 shots faced in the winning effort while Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 39 shots faced in the defeat in goal for Tampa Bay.
Dallas is 4-0 in their last 4 games as an underdog and 4-1 in their last 5 games folllowing a win while the under is 4-0-2 in their last 6 games overall. Tampa Bay is 40-16 in their last 56 games overall and 35-16 in their last 51 games as a favorite. The over is 15-4-2 in the last 23 meetings between these two teams.
I get why the Lightning continue to be favored, but my issue is that I haven’t seen anything that warrants the Lightning to continue to be favored in this spot other than expectation that Tampa Bay has to get back into the series at some point. I’ll continue to ride Dallas in this series until the hot hand starts to cool off. I’ll take Dallas and the plus money but my stronger play is on the total and I have that available as a premium pick that you can find here.