Dallas Stars (38-26-7) at Ottawa Senators (25-33-11)
|Date & Time||Friday March 16, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators +131 / Dallas Stars -145 --- Over/Under: 6
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The Dallas Stars look to shake off a tough road loss in Toronto on Wednesday night as they continue their Canadian trip into Ottawa against the Sens on Friday.
The Stars had a comfortable lead into the third period against he Buds on Wednesday but a last second goal forced overtime and ultimately Dallas fell in the shootout in what was a pivotal point dropped in the playoff run. Dallas comes into this one competing for a playoff spot in the Western Conference and are clinging on for dear life to the final wild card spot and with only 11 games left in their regular season they know that each contest is pivotal and dropping points to an Ottawa team who is well out of the playoff picture simply isn’t an option. Dallas is expected to stick with Kari Lehtonen in this spot as he will face off against Craig Anderson who has come alive recently and should give Ottawa a chance to keep this one close if not an outright victory.
The Senators have been one of the league’s biggest disappointments this season after going to the Eastern Conference final a season ago and while this roster isn’t as bad as their record indicates it certainly is showing that last year was a bit of a fluke and that they have a ton of growing to do if they’re going to get back into the playoff picture next season. Ottawa is 19 points back of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and at this rate they are bound for a top end draft pick and could very well land the next Erik Karlsson in the form of Rasmus Dahlin as discussions about the former and his future in Ottawa heat up.
The Stars are 1-5 in their last six overall and winless in their last four road games while the Sens are 4-1 in their last five Friday games and 2-8 in their last 10 against the Central. Ottawa has been much better of late but with the season drawing near a close the Stars need wins in a big way and I think they get one here at a decent price.