Do or Die
for the Stars
The Stars will host the Ducks on Sunday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas with the opening face-off slated for 8:05 PM ET. This will be Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in a series in which Anaheim holds a 3-2 lead. According to NHL betting odds Dallas is a -115 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. The home team has won each of the first 5-games played in this series.
5 Win for the Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks returned home for Game 5 of this playoff series reeling a bit after losing both Games 3 and 4 in Dallas. The Ducks responded with a dominating 6-3 win on Friday night that allowed them to take a 3-2 series lead heading back to the American Airlines Center for Game 6. The Ducks received a huge boost from goaltender Frederik Andersen who stopped 34 of 36 Dallas shots on goal. It was a sweet retribution for Andersen after he was pulled in the 3rd period of Game 4 in Dallas as a result of some shaky play. Despite their two road losses in this series, the Ducks have still been a very good 25-18 on the road this season. Anaheim is also a terrific 27-8 this season following a game in which there were 7-goals or more combined being scored.
of Elimination for the Stars
After garnering a plethora of momentum with wins in both Games 3 and 4, the Stars laid an egg on Friday night in Anaheim. On a positive note they outshot the Ducks in the 6-2 loss by the count of 36-21. However, for whatever reason the Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen has been awful in all 3-games in this series played at Anaheim. Lehtonen has posted a horrible .840 save percentage in those 3 road games, while in his 2 playoff home appearances he’s been excellent with a .967 save percentage. The good news for the Stars is that they’re a perfect 7-0 at home this season following a road loss by 2-goals or more.
Any team that’s coming off a win by 4-goals or more, versus an opponent coming off a game in which they allowed 6-goals or more, has gone 42-14 (75%) against the money line during the last 5 seasons. Bet Ducks over Stars for NHL picks.
Free Pick: Anaheim +105 over Dallas