The Stars will host the Ducks on Wednesday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas with the opening face-off slated for 8:05 PM ET. This will be their 4th game of a best-of-7 Western Conference Quarterfinal series that the Ducks lead 2-1. According to NHL betting odds Dallas is a -120 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5.
The Dallas Stars played well enough to win in each of the first 2-games of this playoff series but came away with nothing to show for it. Such was not the case in Game 3 at home where they blanked the high scoring Ducks 3-0. After a couple of less than stellar performances in Anaheim, Kari Lehtonen was fabulous in goal for the Stars on Monday. Lehtonen turned away all 37 Anaheim shots on goal to earn the shutout. The Stars will enter this contest having gone under the total in 7 of their last 8, and 9 of the last 11-games overall.
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The Ducks ran into a temporary road block in this series when they were kept off the scoreboard on Monday night in Dallas. It certainly wasn’t from a lack of effort on the Ducks part as they held a huge 37-22 advantage in shots on goal. They just came up against a red-hot goaltender that was on top of his game, which was in stark contrast from what we witnessed in the opening 2-games of the series. Despite the loss the Ducks are still a very formidable 25-17 versus the money line on the road this season. The loss in Game 3 also snapped a 6-game winning streak by Anaheim.
Any home team with a total of 5.5 that has a losing record versus the money line on the season, and is coming off a home shutout win, has seen 36 of those 49-games (73.5%) go under the total during the last 5 seasons. Go under the total for your hockey picks.
Free Hockey Pick: Ducks/Stars to go under the total of 5.5