Last Updated: 2018-01-02
The American Airlines Center is the site for an East-West showdown as the Columbus Blue Jackets visit Dallas to face the Stars. Fox Sports Southwest will air the matchup, and the puck drops at 8:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 2.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Dallas Stars Odds
Columbus (+135) is entering this one as the underdog to Dallas (-155) and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-105 for the over, -115 for the under).
Dallas is 22-18 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a remarkable improvement over the 34-48 record from the 2016-17 season campaign. Through 40 regular season matches, 23 of its games have gone over the total, while 16 have gone under and just one has pushed. The team’s 14-5 SU at home this year.
The Stars have converted on 20.3 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 13th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.6 percent of all penalties.
As a team, the Stars have been penalized 4.4 times per game overall this season, and 3.6 per game over their past five outings. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays for 10.4 minutes per game over their last five home outings.
Averaging 25.8 saves per game with a .914 save percentage, Ben Bishop (17 wins, 14 losses, and two OT losses) has been the primary goalkeeper for Dallas this year. If the Stars, however, decide to give him a breather, Dallas may roll with Kari Lehtonen (6-7-7 record, .907 save percentage, 2.59 goals against average).
Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin will both lead the charge for the Stars. Benn (37 points) has tallied 16 goals and 21 assists and has recorded multiple points in eight different games this year. Seguin has 19 goals and 16 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 24 contests.
On the other bench, Columbus is 22-18 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. A total of 20 of its outings have gone under the total, while 19 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Blue Jackets are 8-11 SU as the away team this season.
The Blue Jackets have converted on just 11.7 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 19th overall and it’s successfully killed off 80.9 percent of all penalties.
Columbus’ skaters have been called for penalties only 3.2 times per game in total this season, and 4.6 per game over their last five on the road. The team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays 13.6 minutes per game over their last five road outings.
Sergei Bobrovsky (.918 save percentage and 2.49 goals against average) has been the main option in goal for Columbus. Bobrovsky is averaging 28.0 saves per game and owns an 18-14-3 record.
For the visiting Blue Jackets, the offense will run through Artemi Panarin, who has 24 assists and 10 goals this year.
Columbus Blue Jackets at Dallas Stars Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Stars, O/U – Over
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Two of Dallas’ last ten games have ended in a shootout. The team is 2-0 in those games and 3-1 overall in shootouts this year.
The total has gone over in four of Dallas’ last five games.
Columbus has attempted 33.7 shots per contest overall this season (the second-most in the NHL), and 28.8 in its last five road games.
Over Dallas’ last ten outings, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-2 in those games).