Dallas Stars (8-9-5) at Columbus Blue Jackets (10-12-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -106 / Dallas Stars -104 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Saturday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The Dallas Stars need a win after losing 12 of their last 15 games. The Dallas Stars are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 26 percent of their power play opportunities. Joe Pavelski leads Dallas with 13 goals, John Klingberg has 12 assists and Denis Gurianov has 58 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Anton Khudobin has allowed 34 goals on 364 shots faced and Jake Oettinger has allowed 19 goals on 233 shots.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 15.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 10 goals, Seth Jones has 12 assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 67 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 61 goals on 580 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 26 goals on 284 shots.
The Stars are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 3-12 in their last 15 overall. The Blue Jackets are 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 17-36 in their last 53 overall. The over is 3-0-2 in Stars last 5 overall. The over is 2-0-2 in Blue Jackets last 4 overall. The Stars are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Columbus and 2-10 in the last 12 meetings.
I'm not running to the window to back either of these teams in their current form. With that said, if forced to pick, I'll give the edge to the Columbus Blue Jackets because of home ice. The Dallas Stars are probably the better team on paper, but I'm not siding with a team on the road that's lost 12 of their last 15 tries overall. The home team has won five of the last eight meetings between the Stars and Blue Jackets. Give me the home team and the cheap price.