Two consecutive victories bring the Dallas Stars (6th in Central Division) to the first contest of a four-game set against the Detroit Red Wings (8th in Central), who have won three of their last four outings.
Wings End Winning RunA season-high three-game winning streak came to an end for the Detroit Red Wings (16-24-6), who split their two-game domestic set against the Chicago Blackhawks, following up Thursday’s 4-1 victory with a 4-0 defeat at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday. The Wings outshot the visitors 29-27 and killed both of their penalties, but failed to convert on any of their six chances with the man-advantage, including a four-minute power play in the opening frame and a 5-on-3 for 1:07 in the final third. Michael Rasmussen (3 goals, 10 points this year) recorded a team-high six shots on goal for Detroit, which has not won four consecutive games for two years.
Goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped 23 shots on Saturday and has now gone 9-8-0 for the season with a 2.93 GAA and a .913 save percentage. He has picked up a 9-6-1 previous total versus Dallas with a 2.43 GAA and a .919 save percentage, while Thomas Greiss (5-15-6 on the year with a 3.07 GAA and a .899 save percentage) is 6-5-1 against the Stars historically with a 3.05 GAA and a .894 save percentage. The Red Wings are top of the league in least goals scored per game this season (2.22), 8th in most goals allowed on average (3.13), 2nd from the bottom in power play (11.4%) and 23rd in penalty kill (77.1%).
Stars Extend Point StretchThe current point streak of the Dallas Stars (17-14-12) extended to six outings (4-0-2) after the team swept a two-game home set against the Columbus Blue Jackets, following up Thursday’s 4-1 victory with a 5-1 triumph at American Airlines Center on Saturday. The Stars scored four consecutive snipes, including two in a span of 20 seconds, in the second period after Jamie Benn (9 goals, 25 points this year) tied the game at 1-1 midway through the opening frame. Seven different players recorded two points for Dallas, which won its season series against Columbus with a 5-2-1 total.
Goalie Jake Oettinger made 21 saves on Saturday to take his current performance status to 8-5-6 for the season with a 2.16 GAA and a .919 save percentage. He has registered a 1-1-0 past total versus Detroit with a 3.06 GAA and a .864 save percentage, while Anton Khudobin (9-9-6 on the year with a 2.34 GAA and a .913 save percentage) has gone 4-2-0 against the Red Wings previously with a 2.34 GAA and a .911 save percentage. The Stars are 16th in most goals scored per game this season (2.81), 5th in least goals given up on average (2.40), 6th in power play (23.9%) and 18th in penalty kill (78.7%).
Detroit (according to Covers.com)
- Red Wings are 0-6 in their last 6 meetings with Stars in Dallas.
- Red Wings are 9-45 in their last 54 road games.
Dallas (according to Covers.com)
- Stars are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite.
- Stars are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Red Wings have lost by more than one goal in just two of their last nine contests. Still, do back the Stars on the puck line in this one! And for a couple of reasons! Dallas, which is currently riding a six-game point streak with four victories, needs to continue to gather points to remain in contention for the upcoming playoffs. The team sits 6th in the Central Division, but trails the 4th-placed Nashville Predators just by three points, still having three valuable games in hand. The Stars have struggled on own ice lately, but have finally been starting to find their feet at American Airlines Center, recording a 3-0-1 total on the past four tries. More importantly, Dallas has already beaten Detroit in their most recent six meetings in Texas and has overcome the Red Wings by a margin of at least two snipes in eight of its past nine victories against the team from Motor City.
Full-Game Total Pick
Only one of the last five head-to-head clashes between Dallas and Detroit has cruised past the five-goal barrier, with the other four averaging no more than four tallies per encounter. So, betting on another low-scoring affair with the participation of the two teams is definitely not the worst of options! When playing following a defeat by a margin of at least three strikes, the Red Wings have already gone under the total on eight of the previous 11 occasions, while four of the most recent five matchups of the Stars following a win have all been decided within the limits of just five markers, averaging no more than 3.75 goals per game.