Florida Panthers (26-12-4) vs. Dallas Stars (15-14-11)
The Florida Panthers will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak when they take on the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. Dallas beat Florida the last time these two teams met, downing them on Saturday, 4-1.
Despite the loss, the Panthers still enter this contest as the favorite at -115. The odds for the Stars are set at -105. Florida is 5-5-0 in the last 10 meetings between these teams. Dallas is 5-4-1 in the last 10 meetings.
Fast Start Dooms PanthersDallas scored three goals in the first period on their way to a 4-1 victory over Florida on Saturday. Aleksander Barkov had the only goal for Florida, his 17th of the year. Sergei Bobrovsky only faced 20 shots, allowing four goals in a mediocre performance.
Florida is 11th in both goals per game (3.14) and goals allowed per contest (2.69). They are 19th in shooting percentage at 9.3%. The special teams have been solid, 12th on the power-play at 22.1% and 15th in penalty killing at 79.7%.
Bobrovsky will likely return to the net on Tuesday. He is 15-7-2 with a 2.85 GAA and a .907 save percentage. Bobrovsky has steadily been getting worse over each of his last four games, giving up one goal against Detroit on March 30 and then giving up one additional goal in each of the last three games.
Barkov leads the team in goals with 17 and in points with 43. Jonathan Huberdeau is first in assists with 28 and second in points with 42. Huberdeau leads the team with 18 power-play points.
Robertson Stars in VictoryJason Robertson scored two goals in the Dallas victory on Saturday. That now gives him 11 on the season. Goaltender Anton Khudobin was solid, stopping 20 of 21 shots. Joe Pavelski had two assists for Dallas.
Dallas is averaging 2.75 goals per game while allowing 2.45 per contest, sixth overall. They are 17th in shooting percentage at 9.4%. The Stars have been excellent on the power-play, fifth in the NHL at 25.2%, and they are 18th in penalty killing at 78.5%.
It will be Khudobin again on Tuesday. The Stars goaltender is 9-9-5 with a 2.31 GAA and a .913 save percentage. Khudobin has been outstanding of late, allowing five total goals over his last four games, with three of those contests where he allowed just one tally in the contest.
With two assists on Saturday, Pavelski now leads the team with 22 assists and 37 points. He is also the team leader in goals with 15. Robertson is third on the team in goals with 11 and in points with 27th.
- 2-6 and their last eight games on the road.
- 1-4 and their last five games when they scored two goals are last in the previous contest.
- 4-1 in their last five games when playing on one day’s rest.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
No doubt that Florida is the better team, but not right now. They are in a horrific slump, and with Bobrovsky looking mediocre between the pipes, there is no reason to believe that the Panthers should be the favorite in this game. This is why oddsmakers giving them the edge is a little surprising to me.
Dallas is 2-0-1 in their last three games and they are having a solid month at 4-2-1. The Stars are getting great goaltending from Khudobin and they are clearly the team to beat in this game.
Full-Game Total Pick
The total is set at 5.5 for this game. These teams have gone over in nine of the last 13 meetings in Dallas, but they have gone under in five of the last six meetings overall. Florida has gone under in six of their last eight games while Dallas has gone under in three of their last five, going 3-0-2 in that span.
In the last six games for Florida, they have gone under 5.5 in four of those contests while Dallas has gone under 5.5 in five of their last seven games. I like the under here as well.
Take Dallas to win, 3-1.