Tampa Bay Lightning (44-20-8) vs. Dallas Stars (41-27-4)
April 12, 2022 9:30 pm EDT
The Line: Dallas Stars +125 / Tampa Bay Lightning -145; Over/Under: +6
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars meet Tuesday in NHL action at the American Airlines Center. The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Dallas Stars look for a win after winning eight of their last 12 games.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 32 goals, Victor Hedman has 49 assists and Brayden Point has 160 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 138 goals on 1,661 shots faced, and Brain Elliott has allowed 33 goals on 403 shots.
The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jason Robertson leads Dallas with 34 goals, Joe Pavelski has 45 assists and Roope Hintz has 188 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 3 goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Braden Holtby has allowed 61 goals on 700 shots faced, and Jake Oettinger has allowed 100 goals on 1,164 shots.
The Lightning are 39-17 in their last 56 games as a favorite and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Stars are 21-9 in their last 30 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Atlantic. The over is 5-2 in Lightning last 7 overall. The under is 5-1 in Stars last 6 Tuesday games. The Lightning are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Dallas and 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are going to be favored for obvious reasons, as they’re the better, more talented team. However, as I’ve said many times this year, oddsmakers don’t like the Dallas Stars for whatever reason and all they do is win games. The Stars are always either underdogs or soft favorites, and yet they’re one of the hottest teams in the league. The Stars are the eighth most profitable team in the league. At home, I’ll keep siding with the Stars and the favorable prices.