Dallas Stars (26-17-3) at Columbus Blue Jackets (25-18-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday January 18, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -115 / Dallas Stars +104 --- Over/Under: 5.5
Nationwide Arena and the Columbus Blue Jackets host the Dallas Stars in Thursday NHL action.
The Dallas Stars are trying to move up the Central standings and are doing their part with wins in seven of ten after upending the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Tuesday. Trevor Daley and Andreas Athanasiou supplied goals for Detroit with Tyler Betuzzi adding a pair of helpers. Jimmy Howard recorded 22 saves to get the loss for the Red Wings.
The surging Stars saw Jason Spezza score twice with the man advantage while Martin Hanzal and Radek Faksa also joined the scoring column. Alexander Radulov and John Klingberg contributed two assists apiece and Ben Bishop came up with 13 saves to keep Dallas hot.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are currently third in the Metropolitan so the team isn’t falling off the map but the team could use a few wins. Columbus has dropped back to back contests after falling to the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 heading in to their bye week. Seth Jones and Matt Calvert scored for the Blue Jackets with Nick Foligno adding two assists.
The balanced Vancouver attack saw Sven Baertshi, Erik Gudbranson, Brendan Gaunce, Alexander Edler and Jake Virtanen all score. Thomas Vanek added a pair of helpers for the Canucks who received 27 saves from Jacob Markstrom while Sergei Bobrovsky was charged with the loss with 24 stops.
Under is 9-0 in Stars last 9 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and Stars are 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and over is 5-1 in Stars last 6 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation. Blue Jackets are 7-0 in their last 7 games following a loss of 3 or more goals and under is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 vs. a team with a winning record and under is 5-0 in Blue Jackets last 5 vs. Central. Stars are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Columbus.
The Stars haven’t enjoyed much success in Columbus but they are playing the better hockey right now and might be worth a look…