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#21 Dallas Stars 5.5 vs.
#22 Colorado Avalanche -145
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 9:05pm EST
Pepsi Center, Denver
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Colorado Avalanche will host the Dallas Stars in a Central Division battle Tuesday night from the Pepsi Center. The Stars came up short in a 2-1 road loss to the Sharks on Saturday, and the Avalanche fell 4-3 in OT to the Penguins on Friday night. The Stars have defeated the Avalanche in all three meetings this season.

Stars Conclude Four-Game Road Trip

The Dallas Stars will conclude a four-game road trip in this one. They had a six-game winning streak thwarted in a 2-1 road loss to the Sharks on Saturday night. Dallas is a terrific 7-3 in their last ten games overall.

Tyler Seguin enters this one riding a three-game point streak. The 27-year old center has yet to score a goal this month, and he has 11 goals along with 24 assists on the season. Sequin has tallied two points in three games against the Avs this season. Jamie Benn is starting to heat up which is a welcome sight. The 30-year old left-winger has netted two goals in his last three games overall. Benn has 11 goals along with 11 assists on the season. Dallas stands at 11-9-1-1 on the road this season.

The Stars are giving both goalies equal playing time recently. Ben Bishop will likely get the start in this one. He features a terrific 2.24 GAA and a 15-9-3 record while Anton Khudobin is 11-6-1 with a sparkling 2.13 GAA on the year. Dallas is scoring an average of 2.7 goals per game, ranking them 25th in the NHL. They are allowing an average of 2.3 goals, good for fifth in the whole NHL.

Avalanche Fall to Pens in Third Straight Defeat

The Colorado Avalanche are in need of a victory in this game. They are slipping, losing three consecutive games and six out of their last eight games overall. Their defensive play has been an issue and they fell 4-3 in overtime to the Penguins in their previous game.

Nathan MacKinnon continues to dominate, accumulating another eight points in his five games on the month. The 24-year old star has scored in back-to-back games and leads the way with 27 goals and 39 assists. MacKinnon only has one point in three games against the Stars this season. Gabriel Landeskog is coming off a big two-point effort on Friday after going three straight games without a point. The eight-year veteran left-winger has 19 points on the year. Joonas Donskoi and Andre Burakovsky are both questionable for this game. Colorado features an 11-7-3 record on home ice.

The Avalanche are splitting the duties between Phillipp Grubauer and Pavel Francouz recently. Francouz took the loss on Friday and holds an 11-4-2 record and a sharp 2.41 GAA, while Grubauer stands at 12-10-3 with a 2.92 GAA on the season. Colorado is scoring an average of 3.6 goals, good for second in the NHL. They are allowing an average of 2.9 goals, placing them 10th overall.

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I am siding with the Avalanche in this one. The Stars are on the end of a tough four-game road trip and they are coming off a 2-1 loss to a poor Sharks team. Colorado is in need of some wins and I can’t seem them losing to Dallas again after the Stars beat them in the first three meetings this season.

Furthermore, the Stars are not scoring many goals. They have only netted 10 goals in their last four games overall. Colorado is averaging a sizzling 3.8 goals in their last ten games and they need this win more than Dallas does.

Prediction: Colorado Avalanche

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I am opting for the under in this one. This will probably be a lower scoring game. The under is usually a safe bet when the Stars are involved. They have allowed two or fewer goals in seven consecutive games and the under is a perfect 4-0 in their last four games overall.

In addition, while I expect the Avs to score enough goals to come away with the home win, Dallas is the best defensive team in the NHL. Offensively they have scored two or fewer goals in two out of their last three games. The under is 5-0 in the last five meetings between these rivals and it should cash again.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.