Two teams in a battle for playoff spots will face off Saturday at American Airlines Center in Dallas when the Carolina Hurricanes take on the Dallas Stars. Carolina has alternated wins and losses in their last five games while Dallas has lost four in a row, including a 5-3 defeat to the Hurricanes Thursday night.
MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Carolina -125, while Dallas checks in at +105. The Hurricanes are favored by 1.5 goals and the over/under is 5.5.
Carolina Hurricanes Betting Preview: Time for Consistency
The Carolina Hurricanes come into play with a record of 8-3-0, good for 16 points, three points behind Tampa Bay in the Central Division. The Hurricanes began the season 5-1, but have alternated wins and losses in their last five games. They played Dallas Thursday night and defeated them 5-3.
The Hurricanes weathered a three-goal second period by Dallas by responding with two goals of their own in the third period. Five different Hurricanes scored in the game, including Jordan Staal, who also had an assist. Goaltender James Reimer was terrific, stopping 34 of 37 shots, including a handful of difficult saves.
On the season, the Hurricanes are led offensively by Vincent Trocheck, who leads the team with six goals scored and is one of four Carolina players with 11 points. Trocheck had two assists in the win Thursday night. Andrei Svechnikov, Staal, and Sebastian Aho are the others. Between the pipes, Reimer has a record of 6-1-0, with a goals against average of 3.11 and a save percentage of .889.
Dallas Stars Betting Preview: Get Back in the Win Column
The Dallas Stars come into play with a record of 5-3-3, good for 13 points, six points behind Tampa Bay in the Central Division. A team that many prognosticators picked to contend for the Stanley Cup, Dallas has been spinning their tires in the early going of the season.
A COVID-19 outbreak postponed the first four games of the season, and now they are in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Things have to turn around for the Stars, and rather quickly as their season is nearly 20% complete. Goaltender Anton Khudobin was not spectacular in the loss to Carolina, allowing four goals on 31 shots faced.
Joe Pavelski leads the Stars offense with eight goals and eight assists for 16 points. Defenseman John Klingberg leads the Stars with nine assists, and Alexander Radulov has assisted on eight goals this season. Between the pipes, Khudobin has a record of 3-3-1 with a goals against average of 2.75 and a save percentage of .902.
Betting Lines and Predictions
MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Carolina -125, while Dallas currently sits at +105. The total is listed at 5.5. The Stars are in a funk right now, there is no denying that. The Hurricanes are inconsistent, so something has to give. Dallas is due for a win, they are too talented to keep losing, and they are at home. Take the Stars in this one to win.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Dallas +105