Dallas Stars (31-33-11) at Montreal Canadiens (42-24-9)
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 28, 2017, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -180 / Dallas Stars +162 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Montreal Canadiens look to keep their recent surge intact as they host the Dallas Stars at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night.
The Stars look to shake out of their ugly funk on the road as they head into Montreal on Tuesday looking to play spoiler for the Habs who are playing some of their best hockey of the season and have their sights set on top spot in the Atlantic division. The Stars come into this one playing a bit better of late but for one of the league’s biggest disappointments there really wasn’t anywhere to go but up for this group in what should be a lengthy offseason filled with change from the front office to the on ice product. Dallas has some fire power that the Canadiens need to be concerned about as Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn still form one of the most dangerous duos in the league and while Montreal has been much better over the last three weeks they are always in danger of going cold in the offensive zone.
The Canadiens meanwhile will look to create some separation atop the division as they are currently three points clear of the Ottawa Senators who still have a game in hand on Montreal in a race that looks like it is going to come right down to the wire. Montreal hasn’t demonstrated a ton of offensive flare this season and that could be their undoing come playoff time if they don’t get exceptional goaltending from Carey Price, but we have seen the former MVP get back to his old self since the all-star break and he looks determined to carry his group well into the Eastern Conference playoffs and it might take more than an also ran Dallas side on this night to ruin the swagger of this Canadiens group at the moment.
The Stars are 7-23 in their last 30 following a win and 7-21 in their last 28 against a team with a winning record while the Canadiens are 10-4 in their last 14 overall and 7-3 in their last 10 Tuesday games. This is a tough game to call as Montreal needs the win but Dallas is playing with nothing to lose, have the offense to take down the Habs, and Montreal has been dismal against the Central division. I’m taking a flier with Dallas or making this a no play.