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Dallas Stars vs. New York Islanders - 12/23/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Islanders (17-13-4) at Dallas Stars (18-15-3)
Date & Time Sunday December 23, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Dallas Stars -136 / New York Islanders +123 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
FSW+, MSG+
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The New York Islanders and Dallas Stars meet Sunday in NHL action at the American Airlines Center.

The New York Islanders look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last eight games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 15.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 12 goals, Mathew Barzal has 23 assists and Josh Bailey has 59 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 36 goals on 434 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 50 goals on 624 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.

The Dallas Stars look for another victory after losing five of their last seven games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Jamie Benn leads Dallas with 14 goals, Tyler Seguin has 21 assists and Alexander Radulov has 67 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 50 goals on 633 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 38 goals on 425 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.

The Islanders are 6-14 in their last 20 vs. Western Conference, 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-7 in their last 8 vs. Central. The Stars are 7-17 in their last 24 vs. Eastern Conference, 27-61 in their last 88 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 home games. The over is 11-5-1 in the last 17 meetings. The under is 10-2-1 in Islanders last 13 overall. The under is 5-2 in Stars last 7 home games.

The New York Islanders and the plus money was a strong consideration, but the Dallas Stars have played their best hockey at home and it's quite possible an overtime win over the Minnesota Wild could provide the spark this team needed to get out of its funk. The Islanders still have some serious offensive issues to deal with and that's not going to change much against this Dallas defense. I'll take the Stars at home with a reasonable price.

Pick:
Dallas Stars -136

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