Dallas Stars (5-3-0) at Colorado Avalanche (4-4-0)
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 24, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +113 / Dallas Stars -125 --- Over/Under: 6
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The Dallas Stars look for their fifth win in a row as they head into the Pepsi Center to face off against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.
The Stars are red hot right now after struggling out of the gates to start the season and with a win on the road here against the Avs they can claim their fifth straight victory and get back into the conversation as a contender in the Western Conference. The Stars have struggled over the last few months dating back to last season on the road though and that is a huge factor in their demise and something they will need to figure out if they’re going to jump back into a division title race as they have just 12 wins on the road in their last 42 tries and face an Avs side that has played well so far at home this season. Dallas is expected to send Ben Bishop to the crease here as he will face off against Semyon Varlamov who is starting to settle back into his own as Colorado’s top netminder.
The Avalanche meanwhile haven’t had a ton of success over the last couple of seasons and things don’t appear to be getting any better as they are caught in the turmoil of Matt Duchene’s impending trade and a division in which they aren’t likely to emerge out of with a playoff spot this season. Colorado has just 17 wins in their last 72 games overall and while the Stars haven’t had a great track record in their own right over the last half season they are still considered a favourite in this spot against the Avs who have just nine wins in their last 51 tries against foes from the Western Conference.
The Stars are 7-19 in their last 26 against the Central and 11-30 in their last 41 games following a win while the Avs are 17-35 in their last 52 home games and 14-38 in their last 52 against the Central. I don’t like the line here as the Stars shouldn’t be a road favourite quite yet but as such I do think they get the win and they are the play here.