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Dallas Stars vs. New Jersey Devils - 1/2/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Jersey Devils (15-16-7) at Dallas Stars (20-16-4)
Date & Time Wednesday January 2, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Dallas Stars -200 / New Jersey Devils +148 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FSW+, MSG+
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The New Jersey Devils and Dallas Stars meet Wednesday in NHL action at the American Airlines Center.

The New Jersey Devils look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 19 goals, Taylor Hall has 26 assists and Nico Hischier has 71 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 84.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 29 goals on 196 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 82 goals on 825 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed a combined two goals in their last three games.

The Dallas Stars could also use a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Jamie Benn leads Dallas with 16 goals, Tyler Seguin has 23 assists and Alexander Radulov has 85 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 55 goals on 736 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 40 goals on 501 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or less goals in each of their last five games.

The Devils are 6-21 in their last 27 road games, 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Stars are 8-19 in their last 27 vs. Eastern Conference, 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Metropolitan and 2-10 in their last 12 Wednesday games. The Devils are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in Dallas. The under is 4-1 in Stars last 5 overall. The over is 13-6 in Devils last 19 overall.

Both teams have been quite inconsistent the last couple of weeks, but the New Jersey Devils are damn near unbackable on the road dating back to last season, and it's fair to trust the Dallas Stars more defensively in this contest. The home team has also won six of the last eight meetings between the Devils and Stars. If you don't mind laying the juice, the Stars should be able to get the job done here on their home ice.

Pick:
Dallas Stars -200

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