Dallas Stars (30-27-10) at Carolina Hurricanes (25-32-8)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 12, 2015, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -120 / Dallas Stars +109 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Dallas Stars and Carolina Hurricanes square off Thursday night at the PNC Arena.
The Dallas Stars look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Stars are averaging 3.1 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Dallas Stars have two power play goals in their last four games and have split their last six games when scoring at least three games. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 31 goals, Jamie Benn has 39 assists and Jason Spezza has 167 shots on goal. Defensively, the Stars are allowing 3.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Kari Lehtonen has allowed 150 goals on 1,588 shots faced and Jussi Rynnas has given up seven goals on 44 shots.
The Carolina Hurricanes need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Hurricanes are averaging 2.3 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Carolina Hurricanes have five power play goals in their last two games and have won five of their last six when scoring at least three goals. Eric Staal leads Carolina with 19 goals, Justin Faulk has 31 assists and Elias Lindholm has 137 shots on goal. Defensively, the Hurricanes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in seven of their last 10 games. Cam Ward has allowed 105 goals on 1,155 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has given up 60 goals on 621 shots.
The Stars are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Metropolitan. The Hurricanes are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 18-37 in their last 55 vs. Central. The Stars are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Carolina and 9-4 in the last 13 meetings overall.
Both teams have been on a scoring tear as of late, as they've combined for 21 goals in their last three games. Because of that, I'm siding with the over in this matchup.