Arizona Coyotes (0-0-0) at Dallas Stars (0-0-0)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 4, 2018, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Dallas Stars -170 / Arizona Coyotes +155 --- Over/Under: 5.5
Thursday NHL pits the Arizona Coyotes against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.
The Arizona Coyotes season was likely over in October a year ago when the team began the 2017-18 campaign with eleven consecutive losses on the way to a 29-41-12 record.
Arizona struggled to light the lamp with the 30th ranked offense giving scoring 2.5 goals per game. That wasn’t nearly enough scoring with opponents averaging 3.1 goals but it was that 0-11 hole that did the Coyotes in.
The Coyotes have promise at the offensive end of the ice with Derek Stepan and Michael Grabner joining the team. Arizona returns Antti Raanta between the pipes with Darcy Kuemper in the back up role.
The Dallas Stars appeared to be heading towards the postseason in 2017-18 but struggled late and missed out. Dallas ended the season with a 42-32-8 record and missed the playoffs for the 8th time in ten years.
The Stars can’t blame their defense and goal tending with just 2.6 goals allowed but the offensive end of the ice averaged only 2.8 goals.
Tyler Seguin led the team with 40 goals and Jamie Benn added 36 goals while Alexander Radulov tallied 27 so secondary scoring was lacking and needs to improve. Ben Bishop remains the top net minder if he remains healthy with Anton Khudobin pushing for starts.
Over is 7-1 in Coyotes last 8 Thursday games and Coyotes are 24-73 in their last 97 vs. Central and over is 6-2 in Coyotes last 8 vs. Central. Under is 7-0 in Stars last 7 home games and under is 9-1 in Stars last 10 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game and Stars are 1-6 in their last 7 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. Coyotes are 0-7 in the last 7 meetings and Coyotes are 1-11 in the last 12 meetings in Dallas and home team is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings.
I’m leaning towards to the Stars here with the Coyotes having enormous problems with Dallas…