Dallas Stars (6-5; 5-6 ATS; 6-5 O/U) vs. Vancouver Canucks (6-3-0-1; 6-4 ATS; 5-5 O/U)
NHL: Monday, October 30, 2017 at 10:00pm EST
The red-hot Vancouver Canucks will host the Dallas Stars in a Pacific division matchup Monday night from the Rogers Arena. The Stars edged the Flames by a 2-1 score on Friday night, and the Canucks recorded a 6-2 home win over the Capitals in their latest action. Dallas won two of three against Vancouver last season.
Stars Edge Flames to Snap Mini Skid
The Dallas Stars scored two power goals and snapped a two game skid in their 2-1 home win against the Flames on Friday night. Alexander Radulov found the back of the net for the game-winning goal in the win. The 31-year old right-winger has now recorded four points in his last two games and has notched a total of eight points in 11 games. Stars captain Jamie Benn is red hot, netting five goals with four assists over his last five games. The eight-year veteran has tallied 10 goals along with 11 assists in 24 career games against the Canucks. The Stars will be playing their fourth game of a long five game road trip in this contest, and are 1-2 through the first three games. The Stars are now averaging 2.9 goals per game, ranking them 20th overall.
Dallas will likely give the nod in net to Ben Bishop in this contest after Lehtonen got the start Friday night. Bishop has not been as sharp over his last four games, and is now sporting a 2.71 GAA and a .911 save percentage to go with a 5-2 record on the season. The Stars are conceding an average of 2.9 goals per game, placing them 14th in the NHL.
Canucks Continue to Roll after Big Win Over Caps
The Vancouver Canucks continued their strong defensive play in their convincing 6-2 home win over the Capitals on Thursday night. The Canucks held Washington to only 27 shots and notched three power play goals. Rookie Brock Boeser continued his strong play with three assists in the victory. The 20-year old right-winger now leads the Canucks in points with two goals and seven assists in eight games played. Sven Baertschi also had a big night in the win, netting two goals with one assist. The 25-year old left-winger has now tallied five points in his last three games, and is tied for second in team scoring with eight points. Baertschi collected two points in two games against the Stars last season. Vancouver is on a roll, winning four straight games and four out of their last five overall. They are currently averaging three goals per game, ranking them 18th in the NHL.
The Canucks continue give both Anders Nilsson and Jacob Markstrom playing time in goal. Nilsson owns a terrific 1.89 GAA in four games while Markstrom has also been solid, posting a 2.48 GAA in seven games. Vancouver is playing tight defense during their winning streak, and are only allowing an average of 2.4 goals per game, good for fourth in the NHL.
The Dallas Stars are:
- 6-1 in their last 7 games in Vancouver.
- 13-3 in their last 16 games against the Canucks overall.
- 4-1 in their last 5 road games against a team with a losing home record.
The Vancouver Canucks are:
- 4-17 in their last 21 home games.
- 6-24 in their last 30 games after scoring more than 5 goals in their previous game.
- 0-4 in their last 4 home games against a team with a road winning percentage below .400.
I am taking Dallas in this contest. While the Canucks are off to a strong start, they lack depth on both forward and defense, and I don’t believe their current success is sustainable. The Stars feature great depth at forward and I believe they will break through the Canucks defense for some goals. Dallas has tightened up defensively, allowing an average of only 29 shots against, the fourth lowest total in the NHL, and I expect the Canucks scoring to dry up. Vancouver always has trouble with Dallas and I expect another Stars win in this one.