Carolina Hurricanes (26-23-9) at Dallas Stars (27-21-10)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 27, 2014, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Dallas Stars -157 / Carolina Hurricanes +143 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Carolina Hurricanes and Dallas Stars will play their first of two scheduled meetings on Thursday.
The Hurricanes are playing their second game since the Olympic break and are hoping to snap a two-game losing streak. They’re coming off a 3-2 road loss to Buffalo Sabres. As has been the case for much of the season, they’re struggling to put the puck in the net. Six of their last seven losses have come when they’ve scored two or less goals, and three of those games resulted in a shutout. They’ve scored nine goals in their last four games, which may be an OK number, but five of them came in one game against the lousy Florida Panthers.
The Stars are fresh considering they haven’t played a game in three weeks. They’ve won three of their last four games and six of their last nine. The goaltending from Kari Lehtonen has been absolutely fabulous as of late, as he has allowed two or less goals in six of his last eight starts. Offensively, the Stars have scored less than three goals in four of their last six games, but not much offense is needed when the goalie has been playing that terrific.
In this game, you have to go with the home team in Dallas. Not only are the Stars the fresher team with three weeks off, but the home team is 14-3-2 in the last 19 meetings between these two teams. If that isn’t a trend to follow, I’m not sure what is.
Dallas is also 4-1 when playing on three or more days’ rest. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes are just 7-15 in their last 22 games played against Western Conference teams.
Dallas has been decent at home all year and should be able to win its first game back on the ice.