Dallas Stars (13-10-3) at Vancouver Canucks (11-14-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 1, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +102 / Dallas Stars -134 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks meet Saturday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.
The Dallas Stars look for a big road victory after splitting their last eight games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jamie Benn leads Dallas with 10 goals, Tyler Seguin has 17 assists and Alexander Radulov has 49 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 34 goals on 439 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 31 goals on 349 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Vancouver Canucks could also use a win here after losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 13 goals, Bo Horvat has 13 assists and Nikolay Goldobin has 52 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 76.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 67 goals on 648 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 20 goals on 205 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Stars are 8-20 in their last 28 road games, 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win and 20-7 in their last 27 Saturday games. The Canucks are 24-49 in their last 73 vs. Western Conference, 21-43 in their last 64 home games and 1-10 in their last 11 overall. The Stars are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Vancouver and 13-3 in the last 16 meetings. The under is 9-3-2 in Stars last 14 road games. The over is 20-7-1 in Canucks last 28 home games.
The Vancouver Canucks remain a team that you can't back, as they've won just two games since November 6 and give up four goals on a good night. The Dallas Stars have been inconsistent and struggle on the road, but they show up defensively, which is a sign that the wins will come eventually. I just can't put any money on the Canucks in their current form, so this game is either the Stars or pass.