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Ottawa Senators vs. Dallas Stars - 2/9/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Dallas Stars (21-23-10) at Ottawa Senators (27-18-6)
Date & Time Thursday February 9, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Ottawa Senators -130 / Dallas Stars +118 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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NHL hockey comes to the Canadian Tire Centre when the Ottawa Senators host the Dallas Stars.

I always say a team that can score is tough to beat when their defense performs well and the Toronto Maple Leafs were that team on Tuesday night. The explosive Maple Leafs offense was held in check but it didn’t matter with their defense and goaltending stealing the headlines in a 3-1 win versus the visiting Dallas Stars. The Toronto offense featured goals from Jake Gardiner, Auston Matthews and Nikita Zaitsev on a third period power play while veteran Curtis McElhinney improving to 2-1 with 39 saves. The Stars lone goal came from Tyler Seguin with the man advantage while Antti Niemi allowed all three goals on 34 shots. 

Regardless of how good a team is or isn’t, everyone takes one on the chin from time to time. On Tuesday night it was the Ottawa Senators turn in a 6-0 defeat at the Canadian Tire Centre at the hands of the St. Louis Blues. Senators goalie Andrew Hammond was on his lonesome with 24 stops with the Sens now looking at a 1-3-1 skid but the Blues had no such issues at either end of the ice. The Blues received a pair of goals from Vladimir Tarasenko with Patrik Berglund, Magnus Paajarvi and Ivan Barbashev each lighting the lamp. St. Louis has now won five of seven road games behind Jake Allen’s 30 save performance.

The over is 4-0 in Stars last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and the Stars are 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest while the over is 6-1 in Stars last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The over is 5-0-1 in Senators last 6 following a loss of 3 or more goals and the over is 4-0 in Senators last 4 vs. Central while the Senators are 0-4 in their last 4 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game. The Stars are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Ottawa and the Stars are 8-1 in the last 9 meetings while the over is 11-5-1 in the last 17 meetings.

The Stars and the over have been strong in this series but no goalies have been listed yet…

over 5.5 // updates pending goalie confirmation

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