Dallas Stars (5-1-1) at Columbus Blue Jackets (4-4-3)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -108 / Dallas Stars -111 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Thursday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The Dallas Stars look for a win to build on their 5-1-1 record. The Dallas Stars are averaging 3.8 goals per game and are scoring on 36.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Joe Pavelski leads Dallas with seven goals, John Klingberg has eight assists and Denis Gurianov has 21 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Anton Khudobin has allowed 10 goals on 128 shots faced and Jake Oettinger has allowed three goals on 23 shots.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 11.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Alexandre Texier leads Columbus with four goals, Oliver Bjorkstrand has five assists and Cam Atkinson has 25 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 86.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 16 goals on 194 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 12 goals on 127 shots.
The Stars are 7-0 in their last 7 games as a favorite and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Blue Jackets are 2-6 in their last 8 home games and 4-10 in their last 14 overall. The over is 8-3-4 in Stars last 15 road games. The under is 15-7-2 in Blue Jackets last 24 overall. The Stars are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Columbus and 1-8 in the last 9 meetings.
The Dallas Stars have caught fire out of the gate and aren't a team I'm looking to step in front of with their explosive offense. The Stars also just lit up the Blue Jackets for six goals in their comfortable victory on Tuesday. The Columbus Blue Jackets have been hit or miss up to this point and have struggled to find a rhythm offensively. I'll gladly take the Stars and the cheap price, as there's no reason yet to hop off their impressive start.