Ottawa Senators (36-22-6) at Dallas Stars (27-29-10)
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 8, 2017, 8:00 PM (EST)|
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The Line: Dallas Stars -123 / Ottawa Senators +111 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Ottawa Senators look to stay red hot as they head into Texas to face off with the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.
The Sens look for their fifth win in their last six tries as they head into Dallas to battle the Stars who seem to have found their groove late in the season and are coming off a huge road win against the Washington Capitals. The Senators are coming off a nice win of their own and continue their pursuit of top spot in the Atlantic division as they are chasing down the Montreal Canadiens and have been very good over the last month as the season nears a close. Ottawa has won four of their last five games when playing on Wednesday night and have played to the under in four of their last five against the Western Conference and they will turn to Craig Anderson here as he will likely face off against Kari Lehtonen who has seemingly played his way into the starter’s role over Antii Niemi.
The Stars meanwhile came into the season as one of the dark horse contenders in the Western Conference but they have been a big time disappointment as they look like they will fall well short of the playoff picture. However, they have shown promise of late and their win at the Verizon Center that snapped Washington’s 15 game streak is a glimpse into the potential of this group as they have a ton of fire power and a balance of youth and veterans that made many hockey fans in Dallas excited for the upcoming season. Dallas is 6-20 in their last 26 games following a win but are 5-2 in their last seven overall and are in a decent spot here at home against the Senators.
The Sens are 4-1 in their last five when their opponent allows goals or fewer in their previous outing and 16-5 in their last 21 on one day’s rest while the Stars are 5-2 in their last seven against the East and 8-22 in their last 30 against a team with a winning record. Ottawa is getting great value here and while the Stars looked great their last time out it is certainly an aberration and they shouldn’t be favoured here.