Columbus Blue Jackets (15-20-9) at Dallas Stars (15-14-12)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars -170 / Columbus Blue Jackets +153 --- Over/Under: 5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars meet Thursday in NHL action at the American Airlines Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 14 percent of their power play opportunities. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Columbus with 14 goals, Jack Roslovic has 20 assists and Cam Atkinson has 127 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 78.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 84 goals on 829 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 50 goals on 561 shots.
The Dallas Stars look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 25.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Joe Pavelski leads Dallas with 15 goals, John Klingberg has 21 assists and Denis Gurianov has 95 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 78.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Anton Khudobin has allowed 54 goals on 620 shots faced and Jake Oettinger has allowed 42 goals on 503 shots.
The Blue Jackets are 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 22-47 in their last 69 overall. The Stars are 4-14 in their last 18 home games and 10-24 in their last 34 overall. The over is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 overall. The under is 3-0-2 in Stars last 5 overall. The Blue Jackets are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Dallas and 11-3 in the last 14 meetings.
The Dallas Stars aren't a team I'm thrilled to lay juice with and oddsmakers have been giving them the benefit of the doubt all season despite the lack of results. However, the Columbus Blue Jackets have provided even less betting value with losses in 10 of their last 12 games and a defense that gets blasted more times than not. The Stars are the lesser of two evils in this spot, and I'll take the PL with them at home to make me feel a little better about the value of the bet.