Dallas Stars (27-31-10) at Edmonton Oilers (35-24-9)
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 14, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -165 / Dallas Stars +149 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Edmonton Oilers look to get back on track after a loss to the Montreal Canadiens as they welcome the Dallas Stars to town on Tuesday.
The Stars have been one of the biggest league’s disappointments this season as they have the talent to be a serious Stanley Cup threat but the injury bug and inconsistent play has been their demise as they are 11 points back of the final wild card spot in the Western Conference with only 14 games remaining. Dallas also needs to address their goaltending woes as neither Antii Niemi or Kari Lehtonen has been good enough to be an every day difference maker in the crease and with some viable options in the free agent market upcoming the Stars will likely make a switch as they need a bona fide starter that can steal games for them when their blue line is playing sub par. Lehtonen is expected to make the start here as he will face off against Cam Talbot who has been a work horse for the Oilers this season in the cage for the Oilers.
The Oilers meanwhile look to retake one of the three top spots in the Pacific division with a victory at home here against the Stars and they know they need to play with a bit more urgency as they are right on the cusp of a wild card spot and missing the playoffs altogether. Edmonton has finally turned a corner after an abysmal playoff drought that has extended back to 2006 and while they still have work to do it looks as though they are going to get back to the big dance and with the likes of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl having very strong seasons they could make some noise once they get there. Edmonton has also sharpened up defensively this season and getting Darnell Nurse back is a huge boost for them and he will have to be on his game here if they’re going to slow down the likes of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn.
The Stars are 1-9 in their last 10 against the Western Conference and 8-22 in their last 30 road games while the Oilers are 2-5 in their last seven overall and 23-48 in their last 71 against the Central. Edmonton is a big favourite here but for good reason as they desperately need a win and with Dallas all but packing it in for the season I think they get it.