Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#171 Dallas Stars vs.
#172 Florida Panthers
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 5:00pm EST
BB&T Center, Sunrise
Written by Adam Rauzino

The Dallas Stars will take on the Florida Panthers in a Central Division battle on Wednesday night. Dallas is struggling and has lost seven out of their last eight games. The Panthers continue to thrive and have been one of the best teams in the NHL. These foes are in the middle of a three-game set. Florida tallied a 3-1 home win over the Stars on Monday to open the series.

Stars Tagged with Sixth Consecutive Defeat

The Dallas Stars are in need of a win in a big way. They have been tagged with the loss in six consecutive games overall. Dallas hasn’t been able to find enough offense to win games right now and have to play this hot Panthers team in their next two games. The Stars are dealing with several injuries. Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov remain out of the lineup. Stars #1 goalie Ben Bishop is also out.

Jamie Benn hasn’t been able to find a groove recently. The veteran captain only has one point in his last five games overall and was held off the scoresheet in Monday’s defeat. Benn has just seven points on the season. Roope Hintz is producing, earning at least one point in three out of his last four performances. The 24-year old winger has 10 points in 11 games. Joe Pavelski leads the team with 17 points.

Dallas had Anton Khudobin in the crease on Monday night and gave up only two goals on 51 shots. The veteran is having a mediocre season, recording a 3-4-1 record and a 2.66 GAA. Jake Oettinger has been the better goalie, sporting a 2.31 GAA and a .909 save percentage. The Stars are scoring an average of 3.2 goals per game, ranking them 11th in the league. They are limiting opponents to 2.7 goals, good for 10th in the NHL.

Panthers Top Stars in Season Series Opener

The Florida Panthers rebounded from a surprising loss to the Red Wings with Monday’s solid home win against Dallas. The Panthers have talent but were not expected to be battling atop the Central division this season. Florida is piling on the goals and the defensive play is improved compared to last season.

Jonathan Huberdeau continues to thrive, collecting eight points in his last five games including an assist in Tuesday’s defeat. The veteran winger is among the top point producers in the league, recording seven goals along with 16 assists. Aleksander Barkov is having an incredible season. The 25-year old center has tallied four points in his last three games and has been one of the best forwards in the NHL this season, accumulating 19 points in 17 games. Florida has a few talented offensive d-man including Keith Yandle who has 13 points.

Florida is giving equal playing time in net to Chris Driedger and Sergei Bobrovsky. Driedger got the start on Monday and made 24 saves on 25 shots. He is having a terrific season, recording a 7-1-1 record and a 2.20 GAA. Bobrovsky hasn’t been as effective as Driedger, posting a 3.18 GAA and an .888 save percentage. The Panthers are averaging a terrific 3.4 goals, landing them fifth in the NHL. They are allowing an average of 2.8 goals, placing them 16th overall.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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The Stars are a desperate team right now after losing six games in a row, and I expect a determined effort as a result. Dallas played their first game in nine days on Monday which played a factor in their 3-1 loss to this Panthers team. The Stars have been involved in several close games in their losing streak as three out of their last five defeats have come in either overtime or a shootout.

Furthermore, the Panthers are cooling down offensively, scoring only four goals in their last two games which included a 2-1 loss to the last place Red Wings. Dallas is the hungrier team and will come away with a win.

Prediction: Dallas Stars +100

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Stars are due for a big performance in the offensive end and Florida is slightly below average defensively. If Dallas is to win they will need to find their scoring touch considering the Panthers score many goals. Despite their struggles, Dallas still ranks in the top 11 in goals per game and the over is 5-1-1 in the Stars’ last seven games after scoring two or fewer goals in their previous game.

In addition, the Panthers will be good for a few goals to contribute towards the total. Barkov and Huberdeau continue to produce and Florida has been one of the highest-scoring teams in the league. The over is 5-1 in the Panthers’ last six games when playing on one day of rest.

Prediction: Over 5.5

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The Stars are going to throw a ton of pucks on net and are due for plenty of goals. They were able to score six goals in two games against the first-place Hurricanes prior to Monday’s loss. Also, Florida gives up plenty of shots, squandering an average of 30 shots on goal per game which ranks them down at 21st in the league. Their goaltending is average as well.

Prediction: Stars Team Total Over 2.5

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Dallas scored in the first period in Monday’s loss but overall they struggle in the first period where they only have five goals on the season. The Stars are sharp defensively in the opening frame where they have only conceded seven goals. The same applies to Florida as the first is also their lowest scoring.

Prediction: First Period Total Under 1.5
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Written By Adam Rauzino , "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.