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Dallas Stars vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 3/23/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pittsburgh Penguins at Dallas Stars
Date & Time Saturday March 23, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
American Airlines Center
Dallas, TX
The Line
Dallas Stars -115 / Pittsburgh Penguins -101
TV Channel
FS-West+, SN-Pitt
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Dallas Stars meet in NHL action from the American Airlines Center on Saturday night.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to build some steam after picking up a 2-1 shootout win over the Nashville Predators in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes of play before Bryan Rust finally got the Pens on the board early on in the 2nd period. Pittsburgh almost held on for the W, but Nashville would score with just over three minutes to play, sending us to some extra hockey. Overtime solved nothing so it was off to the shootout where Nashville missed all 3 of their attempts while Sidney Crosby buried the lone goal of the skills competition to get the win and the extra point. Matt Murray got the win between the pipes, improving to 25-12-5 after stopping 28 of 29 shots faced in OT and regulation as well as stops in all 3 shootout attempts.

The Dallas Stars will look to rebound after a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening period before Colorado took a lead late on in the 2nd period. Colorado doubled their lead and held on to the 2-0 lead before Tyler Seguin finally got the Stars on the board with just over five minutes to go in the game. It was too little too late though as Colorado added an empty-netter to secure the victory. Ben Bishop took the loss, falling to 25-15-2 after allowing 2 goals on 31 shots faced in the losing effort.

Pittsburgh is 10-4 in their last 14 games against the Central division and 1-8 in their last 9 Saturday games while the under is 9-1-1 in their last 11 games overall. Dallas is 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 2-7 in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 20-6-3 in their last 29 games against the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh is 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Dallas and the home team is 17-5 in the last 22 meetings between these two teams.

Dallas and the low line at home is worth a look considering how much success the home team has had in this matchup and how the Stars have owned Pittsburgh in Dallas in recent years. However, it’s not like Dallas has been playing all that well on home ice lately and the Stars have had issues when taking a step up in competition. Pittsburgh is still one of the league’s best and it’s not often that you get the Pens with this low of a line, so I’ll take a shot with Pittsburgh for the road win here.

Pick:
Pittsburgh Penguins -101

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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