The Carolina Hurricanes face the Dallas Stars with both teams looking to build off of strong seasons. The Hurricanes have a 29-9-8 record and with back-to-back wins have the best record in the Metropolitan Division while the Stars have a 28-13-8 record and are in first place in the Central Division. Both teams look to remain near the top of their respective conferences and the upcoming game should be a great one as a result.
Hurricanes have been led by remarkable defenseThe Hurricanes are having a great season with their offense stepping up and scoring 3.22 goals per game. Martin Necas, Sebastian Aho, and Andrei Svechnikov have scored 54 goals and 64 assists to lead the top two lines but the rest of the offense has also been great. Seth Jarvis, Jordan Martinhook, and Stefan Noesen have combined for 25 goals and 42 assists while Brent Burns and Brady Skjei have added 17 goals and 36 assists from the point to open up the offense.
The offense has been great but the defense has carried the Hurricanes, allowing only 2.65 goals per game with only four goals in the last two games. Brady Skjei and Brett Pesce have combined for 6.5 defensive point shares and 105 blocked shots while Brent Burns, Jaccob Slavin, and Jalen Chatfield have combined for 7.7 defensive point shares to add depth to the unit. In addition, goaltender Frederik Andersen has been great with a .910 save percentage and a 2.40 goals-against average on 321 shots.
Stars defense has been greatThe Stars are having a great season with their offense stepping up and scoring 3.43 goals per game. Jason Robertson, Roope Hintz, and Joe Pavelski have scored 65 goals and 92 assists to lead the top two lines but the rest of the offense has also been great. Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Mason Marchment have combined for 42 goals and 57 assists while defenseman Miro Heiskanen has added seven goals and 32 assists from the point to open up the offense.
The offense has been great but the defense has led the way, allowing only 2.55 goals per game with only three goals in the last three games. Esa Lindell and Miro Heiskanen have combined for 7.2 defensive point shares and 151 blocked shots while Colin Miller and Jani Hakanpaa have combined for 6.2 defensive point shares to add depth to the unit. Additionally, goaltender Jake Oettinger has been great with a .925 save percentage and a 2.22 goals-against average on 1029 shots.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
This is going to be a great game between two of the best teams in the league. The Stars look to win on their home ice but the Hurricanes look to control this game from the first period. The Hurricanes, who average 3.22 goals per game, should pile on the goals with Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov, and the rest of the forward unit carrying the puck into the offensive zone and creating open shots with great cross-ice passes. The Hurricanes, who allow only 2.65 goals per game, should also limit the Stars' offense with Brady Skjei, Brett Pesce, and the rest of the defensive unit creating turnovers in the defensive zone and limiting shots on the net, allowing goaltender Frederik Andersen to make plenty of big saves. The Hurricanes should win the game with a strong performance on the road.
Take the Hurricanes money line as road Favorites.
Full-Game Total Pick
Both teams have been led by their defenses and the upcoming game should reflect that with both defensive units stepping up and controlling this game. The Stars, who allow only 2.55 goals per game, should limit the Hurricanes' offense with Miro Heiskanen, Colin Miller, and the rest of the defensive unit creating turnovers in the defensive zone and limiting shots on the net, allowing goaltender Jake Oettinger to make plenty of big saves. The Hurricanes, who have allowed only four goals in the last two games, should eliminate and potentially shut out the Stars with Brady Skjei, Brett Pesce, Brent Burns, and the rest of the defensive unit forcing turnovers in the neutral zone and defensive zone while goaltender Frederik Andersen blanks shots on the net. The Under should cover in a low-scoring game controlled by both defenses.
Take the Under on 6 goals.