NHL Picks: Ducks vs. Stars Game 3

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:48 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014 2:48 PM UTC

Anaheim travels to Dallas resuming their best-of-7 series on Monday night. Our NHL betting odds guru takes you through what’s occurred thus far, and what he predicts will happen in Game 3 of the series by releasing his NHL free pick in this contest.

Ducks/Stars Game 3
The Stars will host the Ducks on Monday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas with the opening face-off slated for 9:35 PM ET. This will be Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in which the Ducks hold a 2-0 series lead. According to NHL betting odds Dallas is a -120 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5.


Rebounding from a Pair of Tough Losses
The Dallas Stars need to regroup after suffering a pair of 1-goal losses in the first 2-games of the series. In the series opener they exhibited character and resiliency by not quitting after falling behind 4-0. Despite scoring 3 unanswered goals their rally came up short in a 4-3 loss. The Stars deserved a better fate in Game 2 of the series as they outshot the Ducks by a wide 36-19 margin but still came away with a 3-2 loss. Dallas must get better goaltending from Kari Lehtonen who had a poor .870 save percentage in the first 2-games. The good news for the Stars is they’re 11-2 at home this season following a road loss in their previous game.

Ducks Hold Serve
The Anaheim Ducks certainly didn’t play their best 2-games of the season to start this playoff series, but they accomplished what they set out to do nonetheless. The Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has led the way thus far with 2-goals and 2-assists good for 4-points during the first 2-games. The Ducks have also received solid goaltending from Frederik Andersen who’s posted a stellar .930 save percentage, and was definitely the difference during the win in Game 2. Andersen has made Bruce Boudreau’s bold choice in choosing him over veteran Jonas Hiller appear to be a brilliant decision. Anaheim has been a very good 25-16 versus the money line on the road this season.

NHL Betting System
Play on any money line home favorite that’s coming off a 1-goal loss, versus an opponent which has scored 3-goals or more in each of their previous 5-games. The home favorite has gone 86-34 (71.7%) during the last 18 seasons in that exact situation.

Free Pick: Dallas -120 over Anaheim

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