Carolina Hurricanes at Dallas Stars
|Date & Time||Saturday February 23, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)|
American Airlines Center
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +107 / Dallas Stars -129 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The Carolina Hurricanes and Dallas Stars meet Saturday in NHL action at the American Airlines Center.
The Carolina Hurricanes look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 24 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 37 assists and Justin Williams has 181 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Curtis McElhinney has given up 54 goals on 678 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has allowed 76 goals on 773 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or less goals in their last seven games.
The Dallas Stars need a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 26 goals, Alexander Radulov has 31 assists and Jamie Benn has 141 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 76 goals on 996 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 66 goals on 852 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.
The Hurricanes are 6-1 in their last 7 road games, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-3 in their last 10 games as an underdog. The Stars are 5-1 in their last 6 home games, 5-2 in their last 7 games as a home favorite and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The under is 6-1 in Hurricanes last 7 overall. The under is 31-14-6 in Stars last 51 overall. The Hurricanes are 1-9 in the last 10 meetings in Dallas and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings.
The Carolina Hurricanes are playing some of their best hockey of the season right now and have done a lot of that damage on the road. The Dallas Stars have kind of cooled off these last couple of weeks, but most of those games took place during a lengthy road trip, so I'm not worried about it much. The Stars have been kind to us for most of the season and the defensive effort is still there. I give the edge to the home team in this early contest.