Squaring off for the final time this season, the Dallas Stars and the Montreal Canadiens collide at Bell Centre. The opening face-off is at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, and fans at home can catch this East-West matchup live on Fox Sports Southwest.
Dallas Stars at Montreal Canadiens Odds
Dallas is 33-24 straight up (SU) and has earned 5.3 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 57 regular season matches, 36 of its games have gone under the total, while 19 have gone over and just two have pushed. This 2019-20 Stars team is 16-13 SU on the road.
Dallas has converted on 20.3 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and it has successfully killed off 82.1 percent of its penalties.
The Stars, as a collective unit, have been sent to the penalty box 3.6 times per game overall during the 2019-20 season, 3.2 per game over its past five outings total, and 3.8 per game over its last five road outings. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays just 8.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Sporting a .924 save percentage and 27.3 saves per game, Ben Bishop (21-17-4) has been the primary option in goal for Dallas this year. If head coach Rick Bowness decides to rest him, however, the team could turn to Anton Khudobin (14-9-1), who has a .928 save percentage and 2.26 goals against average this year.
The visiting Stars have relied on Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn this year. Seguin (42 points) has tallied 12 goals and 30 assists, and has recorded multiple points 10 times. Benn has 18 goals and 13 assists to his creditand has registered at least one point in 23 games.
Montreal is 27-33 straight up (SU) and has lost 12.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. 31 of its outings have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and just three have pushed. The team is 13-19 SU at home this season.
The Canadiens have converted on just 18.8 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 79.1 percent of all opponent power plays.
The Canadiens have been penalized 3.4 times per game this season, and 4.1 per game over their last ten outings. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 8.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Carey Price has denied 27.8 shots per game as the top choice in goal for the Canadiens. Price has 24 wins, 25 losses, and four overtime losses and has maintained a .912 save percentage and 2.71 goals against average this season.
The home team offense will be led by Tomas Tatar (21 goals, 32 assists).
Dallas Stars vs. Montreal Canadiens Free Picks
NHL Pick: SU Winner – Stars, O/U – Over
Dallas is 2-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Montreal is 4-1 in shootouts.
For both of these clubs, the under has hit in four of their last five outings.
The Canadiens have averaged the league’s most shots on goal (34.4) while the Stars have attempted just the 23rd-most (34.4).
Montreal has averaged 3.0 goals per game (overall) this year, but is averaging 1.3 goals per matchup over its three-game losing skid.
The Habs this season have handed out the fourth-most hits per game in the NHL (27.1).