Pittsburgh Penguins (30-22-3) at Dallas Stars (32-19-4)
|Date & Time||Friday February 9, 2018, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Dallas Stars -115 / Pittsburgh Penguins +104 --- Over/Under: 6
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars meet Friday in NHL action at the American Airlines Center.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to keep the puck rolling after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 26.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 30 goals, Sidney Crosby has 43 assists and Phil Kessel has 192 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing three goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 92 goals on 947 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 38 goals on 472 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Dallas Stars look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The Dallas Stars are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 26 goals, John Klingberg has 44 assists and Jamie Benn has 159 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 96 goals on 1,181 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has allowed 33 goals on 408 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or less goals in their last five games.
The Penguins are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 13-5 in their last 18 Friday games and 7-15 in their last 22 road games. The Stars are 23-54 in their last 77 games playing on 0 days rest, 19-8 in their last 27 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games. The Penguins are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Dallas, 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Both of these clubs are playing confident and winning hockey right now, so you can make a case for either side. The Stars have also beat up on the Penguins the last few meetings. However, with that said, the Penguins have the rest advantage here and you are getting slight plus money. I have to side with Pittsburgh based on the value of the plus money.