Sunday's NHL odds offer sharp bettors two top-value money line selections. We explain why placing your pick on Dallas Stars vs. NY Rangers and Anaheim Ducks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning would be wise.
Dallas Stars vs. New York Rangers 5:05 PM ET
Anything but Stars this Season
The Dallas Stars have been a disappointment thus far, considering they were a playoff team just a season ago. They may have hit rock bottom last night in a 3-2 loss at Buffalo, versus a Sabres team that possesses the fewest points in the NHL. It also marked their third loss in a row. Today will be the Stars fourth game in the last seven days. Dallas has gone a miserable 5-21 under head coach Lindy Ruff when playing in that exact situation. The Stars will be facing an opponent (Rangers) tonight that allows just 2.4 goals per game this season. Dallas is a miserable 3-12 during the 2014-2015 NHL campaign when facing an opponent which allows 2.4 goals or less per game.
The New York Rangers are coming off a 3-2 loss at Nashville on Saturday. The defeat snapped a three game winning streak, and it also came at the hands of an opponent (Nashville) that has the best home record (21-4) in the NHL. The good news for the Rangers, they’ve gone 23-10 during the past two seasons following a one goal loss. “The Blue Shirts” are a solid 17-10 at Madison Square Garden this season. Cameron Talbot is once again slated to be in goal. He’s been terrific in six appearances at home this season, compiling an excellent .961 save percentage in those outings.
NHL Pick: Play on the Rangers -150 on the money line over the Stars at Bovada.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 5:05 PM ET
Tampa Tough following a Loss
The Tampa Bay Lightning is coming off a rare home loss on Saturday at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings by a score of 4-2. Despite the defeat, they’ve gone a superb 21-6 on home ice this season. Tampa Bay is 14-6 following a loss this season, and that includes 4-1 following a home defeat. NHL odds offer a very attractive money line price today due to the Lightning starting backup Andrei Vasilevskiy in goal. However, Vasilevskiy has performed very well in five starts this season, going 4-1, and posting a stellar .934 save percentage.
Ducks defensively inept in recent Games
The Anaheim Ducks enter today having gone 2-3 during their last five games. What’s become worrisome during that stretch has been their shoddy defensive play. The Ducks allowed an average of 3.8 goals per contest in that five game span. Considering they’ll be facing an opponent (Tampa Bay) today that averages 3.4 goals per game at home, I’m going to be fading the Ducks as one of my NHL picks on Sunday.
NHL Pick: Play on Tampa Bay -119 on the money line over Anaheim at BetOnline