Dallas Stars (6-5-4) at Tampa Bay Lightning (13-4-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -175 / Dallas Stars +145 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Dallas Stars and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in a Stanley Cup Final rematch in NHL action on Saturday night.
The Dallas Stars will try to rebound from a 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers in their last matchup. Joe Pavelski’s got a team-high 20 points split 10 goals and 10 assists while John Klingberg has 14 points with a team-high 11 assists. Alex Radulov and Denis Gurianov each have 11 points with Radulov logging 8 assists with 3 goals while Gurianov has 4 goals and 7 helpers. Roope Hintz also has 10 points with 4 goals and 6 assists. Anton Khudobin and John Oettinger continue to split time in goal for Dallas, with Khudobin going 4-4 with a pair of shutouts and a 2.35 GAA while Oettinger has a pair of wins and a 2.42 GAA.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will be out to build on their 3-1 win over Carolina last time out. Victor Hedman leads the Bolts in scoring with 19 points coming on 4 goals and 15 assists while Brayden Point is right behind with 18 points on 6 goals with 12 assists and Steven Stamkos has 17 points with 9 goals and 8 assists on the year. Ondrej Palat’s got 14 points with 7 goals and 7 assists and Mikhail Sergachev’s got 13 points with 12 assists. Anthony Cirelli and Alex Killorn each have 10 points with Cirelli logging 6 assists and 4 goals while Killorn’s got 3 goals and 7 apples. Andrei Vasilevskiy continues to be the stalwart in goal for the Lightning, going 11-4 with a shutout and a 1.87 GAA in his 15 appearances this season.
Dallas is 1-7 in their last 8 games overall and 1-6 in their last 7 games as an underdog while the under is 25-8-4 in their last 37 Saturday games. Tampa Bay is 57-22 in their last 79 games overall and 69-29 in their last 98 home games while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games as a favorite. Dallas is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I’ll give merit to the Stars for grabbing a win a couple of games ago to snap their skid but realistically, old habits die hard and the Stars went right back to losing right after the win and that’s not good in an upcoming rematch and a Stanley cup finals rematch with Tampa Bay. I don’t have the same confidence in the Stars that I did a few weeks ago, so I’ll back Tampa Bay on the puck line in this one.