Colorado Avalanche (10-5-1) vs. Dallas Stars (8-7-2)
The hottest team in the NHL at the moment, the Colorado Avalanche, will take on the Dallas Stars in one of the most interesting games of the night. Colorado is on a six-game winning streak and also won four of the last five on the road, so it isn’t strange why the bookies are giving them a favorite tag in this one. The Stars, on the other hand, are also playing well of late as they won four of the previous five games and are on a four-game winning streak at home.
These Central Division rivals haven’t met this season, but they faced in the playoffs in 2020 and Dallas won the series in seven games in one of the most exciting series of the last few years. This game will start at 7:30 PM ET on Friday, November 26.
The Avs didn’t have trouble against the Ducks at homeThe Colorado Avalanche are not only the hottest team in the NHL right now, but they are scoring at will even though they are playing without the best player Nathan MacKinnon. Cale Makar with a goal and assist and Gabriel Landeskog with a pair of dishes led the Avalanche in a 5-2 home victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
Nazem Kadri has been Avalanche’s top producer this year with 25 points (G7, A18), and is the 4th best player in the NHL in points and also 4th in assists. Landeskog has 17 points (G6, A11), Makar is following him with 16 (G8, A8), while Mikko Rantanen (G7, A7) and Andre Burakovsky (G6, A8) are also among the main guys in Colorado.
MacKinnon is still out with a lower-body injury, while J.T. Compher (upper body) and Bowen Byram (concussion) are also unavailable to feature on Friday. Stefan Matteau (leg) and Pavel Francouz (ankle) are also sidelined.
The Avalanche have the best offense in the NHL that is scoring 4.06 goals per game on 32.7 shots, while they have a 21.2% success on power plays (100th). When it comes to defense, Colorado has the 24th D that is allowing 3.19 goals on 30.5 shots, while they killed 75.0% of shorthanded situations (27th).
Stars breezed past the OilersThe Dallas Stars recorded another convincing 4-1 victory at home as they beat the Edmonton Oilers only a few days after defeating the St. Louis Blues with the same result. The Stars now won each of the last four at American Airlines Center and didn’t allow more than two goals in that span. John Klingberg with three assists and Roope Hintz with a goal and an assist led the Stars past the Oilers.
Miro Heiskanen is Dallas’ top performer with 14 points (G3, A11), while Hintz (G6, A4), Joe Pavelski (G4, A6), Jason Robertson (G4, A6), and Ryan Suter (G3, A7) are contributing with ten points each. Goaltender Ben Bishop is out with a knee injury, while his goalie colleague Braden Holtby is questionable to play against Colorado with a lower-body injury.
Dallas’ offense is averaging 2.71 goals per game (22nd) on 30.5 shots, while they converted 28.0% of power-play situations (3rd). The Stars’ defense allows 3.00 goals per contest (18th) on 30.4 shots, while Dallas is 25th when it comes to penalty kills (77.2%).
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
I have been impressed with how both teams are playing lately and it’s really hard to predict a winner in this one. However, I am going with the Avalanche, who are the hottest team in the NHL and also have the best offense at the moment. They showed the world that they can play without superstar Nathan MacKinnon, and now it seems that no one can stop them.
Dallas is in the excellent home form right now, and it looks that the Stars have the quality to finally snap Colorado’s positive run. Still, I am giving a slight advantage to the visitors. It’s going to be a close and exciting matchup, nonetheless.
Full-Game Total Pick
Although each of Dallas’ last two games produced exactly five goals, they are facing the best offense in the league on Friday. That said, I am positive the Avalanche will score more than one goal that Dallas conceded to Edmonton and St. Louis in the previous two at American Airlines Center. Overtime is a possibility in this encounter, which can help us if the regular time ends with a 3-3 result. This bet is worth the risk because neither has a good defense, so I am expecting to see a bunch of goals. Only two of the previous nine H2H duels produce below six goals.