Boston Bruins @ Dallas Stars
According to NHL betting odds Boston is a -115 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.5. These two clubs have seen 4 of their last 5 meetings in Dallas go under the total.
Snapping the Losing Streak
The Dallas Stars halted a 6-game losing streak on Tuesday with a convincing 5-2 home win over the Edmonton Oilers. It also saw them break out of a goal scoring draught after scoring just a 7-goals combined in their previous 5-games. The Stars have gone over the total in the last 2, and 5 of their last 7-games. Dallas will be facing a Bruins team tonight that’s gone 11-10 versus the money line on the road this season. The Stars have gone a dismal 4-10 versus the money line in their last 14 home games versus an opponent with a winning road record. Currently the Stars are 5th in the Central Division, and 10th overall in the Western Conference.
In a Bit of a Funk
Boston has had a bit of a tough go of it lately going just 3-5 over their last 8-games. In most other cities a modest losing stretch of this nature wouldn’t be cause for concern. However, in Boston where fans have seen their club advance to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2 of the last 3 seasons, and win it all in 2011, their asking what’s wrong with their beloved Bruins. Boston has uncharacteristically allowed 4-goals or more in 5 of their last 8-games. When you consider that this is a club that’s allowed 2.2 goals per game this season which ranks 2nd best in the NHL, we’ve pretty much narrowed down the main reason for their recent funk. Despite their temporary fall from grace the Bruins are still tied for 1st in the Atlantic Division with Tampa Bay, and remain 2nd overall in the Eastern Conference. Most organizations would love to consider the Bruins temporary minor slump a reason to feel uneasy.
NHL Betting Trend
Any money line home underdog that comes off a home win in which they scored 4-goals or more in their previous game, versus an opponent coming off a division home loss, has gone 20-6 (76.9%) since the beginning of the 1996-1997 year. Taking those statistics into consideration we'll add Dallas to our NHL picks for tonight.
Free Pick: Dallas -105 over Boston