Dallas Stars (36-27-11) at Washington Capitals (34-28-13)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 1, 2014, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Capitals -121 / Dallas Stars +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Dallas Stars and Washington Capitals will play Tuesday night for the second and final time this season. The Stars beat the Capitals 2-1 back in early October.
The Dallas Stars are trying their best to finish the season strong, as they’ve won four of their last five games. While defense hasn’t exactly been the Stars strong point this season, Dallas has gotten good production out of goalie Kari Lehtonen, who has allowed two or less goals in five of his last nine starts. Offensively, left wing Ryan Garbutt has racked up three goals and one assist in his last three games. The Dallas Stars are 15-17-3-1 on the road this season.
The Washington Capitals aren’t doing much to secure a playoff spot, as they’ve lost four of their last five games, and three of those losses came in a shootout. The Capitals have just experienced bad luck over the last week and haven’t been able to finish the job. Despite goalie Jaroslav Halak seven goals in his last two games, he’s given the Capitals five starts out of nine that resulted in two or less goals. Offensively, Nicklas Backstrom has dished out four assists and 12 shots on goal in his last five games. The Washington Capitals are 20-12-3-3 at home.
The Stars are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The Capitals are 5-1 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 7-2 in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest. The Stars are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings vs. the Capitals and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Washington.
With the luck the Capitals have had lately losing several games in shootouts and the fact they're on the road, I'll take the Stars and the plus money. Dallas has been playing solid hockey lately, and I think that continues.