Dallas Stars (38-24-6) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (39-26-4)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 11th, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. (PPG Paints Arena)
Line: Pittsburgh -147 O/U: 6
FREE NHL PREDICTION DALLAS STARS VS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
The Dallas Stars will travel North to face the Penguins in Pittsburgh tonight.
The Dallas Stars have been struggling offensively over the course of their last ten games having only won four of those contests. Over their last five games, the Stars have only averaged 2.20 goals. Over the course of the season Dallas is averaging 2.8 goals per game and converting on nearly 20% of their power-plays. The leading goal scorer for the Stars is Tyler Seguin who has 36. John Klingberg leads in the assist column with 50. Tyler Seguin has taken 275 shots for Dallas this year, and Jamie Benn has taken 200 scoring 23 goals on the season. Dallas has allowed 2.6 goals per game throughout the season and kill-off 83% of opponent power-plays. The likely starter in net tonight will be Kari Lehtonen who allowed just one goal on 27 shots in the win over Anaheim on Friday. Since Ben Bishop’s injury, Lehtonen has gone 1-1-0 svaing 58 of the 60 shots that he faced. In his last match up against the Penguins, he made 34 saves and lead his team to a 4-3 shootout victory. The Stars currently have 82 points and sit 3 points behind the Wild for 3rd place in the Central Division.
The Pittsburgh Penguins reside in second place in the Metropolitan Division with 82 points. Over their last 10 games, the Penguins are 6-4. This season, the Penguins are scoring 3.3 goals per game and are converting on 26% of their power-plays. The leading goal scorer for Pittsburgh is Evgeni Malkin who has 38. Sidney Crosby leads the team in the assist column with 51. Leading in total points is Malkin with 85 in 65 games played. The Penguins are allowing teams to score 3 goals per game, and kill-off 82% of power-plays. The goaltenders for Pittsburgh are Matt Murray who has let up 106 goals on 1,159 shots, and Tristan Jarry who has allowed 56 goals on 651 shots. The Penguins have been struggling to keep pucks out of their net over their last seven games letting opponents score 3 or more goals in 5 of those games. In order to regain the top spot in the Metropolitan division, the Penguins must take care of Dallas on their home ice tonight.
Trends by CTS365:
Dallas is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas’s last 6 games
Dallas is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games at home
FREE NHL PREDICTION PITTSBURGH PENGUINS VS DALLAS STARS
This should be an interesting game between two excellent hockey teams that have hit a bump in the road as of late. The Penguins have no problem scoring the puck, but where they have struggled is keeping them out of their own net. Dallas has gotten great performances out of Kari Lehtonen every time he has been on the ice this season. Whichever team makes less mistakes and stays out of the penalty box will win this game because both of these teams have the ability to hurt you on special teams. The Penguins play well on their home ice and this game has implications for regaining the top seed in the metropolitan division. Pittsburgh will come out strong and win tonight on their home ice.
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