Winnipeg Jets (7-3-3; 7-6 ATS; 9-4 O/U) vs. Dallas Stars (8-6; 6-8 ATS; 7-6-1 O/U)
NHL: Monday, November 6, 2017 at 8:30pm EST
Line: Dallas -145/Winnipeg +135
The Dallas Stars will collide with the Winnipeg Jets in a Central division battle Monday night from the American Airlines Arena. The Jets were edged 5-4 in overtime by the Canadiens on Saturday night, and the Stars notched a solid 5-1 home win over the Sabres. The Jets defeated the Stars by a 5-2 score last week.
Jets Two Goal Lead Evaporates in Loss to Montreal
The Winnipeg Jets allowed a two-goal third period lead to slip away in their 5-4 overtime loss to the Canadiens on Saturday night. Patrick Laine found the back of the net and fired seven shots on goal in the loss. The 19-year old sniper snapped a four-game scoring drought with his goal on Saturday and has now collected five goals with two assists on the season. Jets captain Blake Wheeler continued his hot play in the loss, netting one goal along with one assist. The 31-year old right-winger is on a roll, accumulating nine points over his last four games, and lead the Jets in points with five goals along with 12 assists on the season. Wheeler registered four points in five games against the Stars last season and tallied three assists in the 5-2 win last week. The Jets had their three-game winning streak snapped in the loss on Saturday, but have still collected at least one point in seven consecutive games. They are scoring an average of 3.2 goals per game, ranking them 12th in the NHL.
Winnipeg will likely go back to Connor Hellebuyck in goal in this contest. Hellebuyck is having an outstanding season, posting a 2.24 GAA along with a .932 save percentage and a 7-0-2 record. The Jets are allowing an average of three goals per game, placing them 18th overall.
Stars Explode for Five Goals in Win Over Sabres
The Dallas Stars exploded for four goals in the first period in their 5-1 home win over the Sabres on Saturday night. John Klingberg had a big night in the victory, collecting three assists in 19 minutes of ice time. The 25-year old defensemen is having a terrific season, sitting third in team points and leads all Stars defensemen with 14 points in 14 games played. Stars leading scorer Tyler Seguin extended his point-streak to three games in the win by potting one goal along with one assist in the win. The 25-year old center is having another productive season, scoring eight goals along with seven assists. Seguin was sharp against the Jets last season, recording four goals along with one assist in five games, and added an assist in last week’s loss. The Stars have now won three out of their last four games, and are scoring an average of 2.9 goals per game, ranking them 18th in the NHL.
Dallas will likely turn to Ben Bishop between the pipes in this contest. The 30-year old goaltender has been inconsistent at times, and is carrying a 2.66 GAA along with a .913 save percentage in 11 games played. The Stars have been solid defensively, conceding an average of 2.8 goals, positioning them ninth overall.
The Winnipeg Jets are:
- 6-20 in their last 26 Monday games.
- 1-4 in their last 5 games when their opponent scores five or more goals in their previous game.
The Dallas Stars are:
- 5-0 in their last 5 home games.
- 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on one day of rest.
- 4-1 in their last 5 Monday games.
I am siding with the Stars this contest. The Stars have been tough to beat at home, winning five of their six home games this season including five straight home wins. In addition Dallas is playing very strong defensively, allowing only one goal in three out of their last four games. Furthermore, the Jets are averaging the fewest shots on goal per game in the NHL with 27, and that will eventually catch up to them. The Jets defensive stats are below average, and I like the Stars chances on home ice.