NHL Picks: Stars -1.5 Over Blue Jackets

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 3:21 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 3:21 PM UTC

There are ten games on Tuesday’s NHL board, and we’ve concentrated our efforts towards uncovering the best puck-line value of the bunch. Read our informative NHL betting article to find out exactly what we’ve discovered, and what that puck-line selection will be.

NHL Puck-Line Value between Columbus and Dallas
The Dallas Stars will entertain the Columbus Blue Jackets this evening at 8:35 PM ET. I’ll be honing in on the puck-line on this contest. According to the current NHL odds at Bookmaker, Dallas is -1.5 (+166), and Columbus is +1.5 (-195) on the puck-line.


The Skinny on Columbus
Tonight will be the third road game in the last four days for the Columbus Blue Jackets. As a result, I look for Columbus to be at a distant disadvantage tonight in regards to mental and physical fatigue. Columbus is coming off a 4-3 win at Colorado, and a 6-3 loss at Arizona in their previous two games. The Jackets have gone a miserable 2-13 this season after allowing 3-goals or more in each of their previous two games, and is at a -2.0 goal per game differential in that exact situation.


Shining Stars
The Dallas Stars have drastically improved the quality of their play over the last month. The Stars have gone a stellar 9-3 in their last 12-games. All 12 of those contests came with Kari Lehtonen as their starting goaltender. Lehtonen has been especially superb over his last four starts by compiling a terrific .934 save percentage. The Stars have been dominant in each of their previous two home games, defeating Minnesota 7-1, and Arizona 6-0. Even during their early season struggles, it was quite apparent to knowledgeable NHL observers that the Stars were potentially a dynamic offensive team. That ideology has really come to fruition over the last five games which saw them average an impressive 4.8 goals per outing during that time.


Final Analysis
This will be the second and final meeting of the season between these nonconference opponents. Dallas was a 4-2 winner at Columbus in the first matchup back on October 14th. My puck-line selection on the home side in this contest may seem a bit risky to many of you. After all, Columbus has gone 11-3 over their last 14-games. However, there’s a fine line between a betting risk with no handicapping foundation, as opposed to one which takes all into account, and that’s considered to be calculated. I’m going to exercise the latter when making one of my NHL picks on Tuesday.

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NHL Pick: Dallas -1.5 (+166) over Columbus on the puck-line at Bookmaker.

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