Columbus Blue Jackets (10-10-5) at Dallas Stars (6-8-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 8:00 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars -140 / Columbus Blue Jackets +127 --- Over/Under: 5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars meet Saturday in NHL action at the American Airlines Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 10 goals, Seth Jones has 12 assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 57 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 72.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 54 goals on 526 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 12 goals on 127 shots.
The Dallas Stars need a win after losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 26.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Joe Pavelski leads Dallas with 10 goals, John Klingberg has 12 assists and Denis Gurianov has 44 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 78.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Anton Khudobin has allowed 29 goals on 334 shots faced and Jake Oettinger has allowed three goals on 23 shots.
The Blue Jackets are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Stars are 0-6 in their last 6 home games and 1-10 in their last 11 overall. The under is 4-0-1 in Blue Jackets last 5 overall. The under is 5-0-1 in Stars last 6 overall. The Blue Jackets are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Dallas and 16-5 in the last 21 meetings.
I'm not eager to back either of these teams in their current form, but the Blue Jackets and the plus money is far more attractive here. The Blue Jackets have not only won two of the three meetings against the Stars this season, which includes a win on Thursday, but I'm not laying juice with a team that's lost 10 of their last 11 games. The Dallas Stars have done nothing lately to deserve being in the favorite role. Give me the Blue Jackets and the more favorable price.