The Canucks continue their tour of the south with a stop in Dallas tonight. They’re fresh off a 4-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes and are looking for more. We had the OVER 5 in that one, and unfortunately enough, we couldn’t get the sixth and clinching goal which was frustrating. The offenses sort of shutoff at that point, with the Coyotes apparently happy losing 4-1. It was a nice win for the Canucks, who have been looking for any signs of life. Ryan Miller saved the day and put together a brilliant performance to lead the way. Miller looked like vintage Sabres’ Miller with 35 saves on the night. Not too much credit should go to the defence after getting hammered for 36 shots. They head to Texas for a meeting with the Stars, which should prove to be a more difficult test.
It’s been a slow start for the Stars, who made a case for being a Stanley Cup Finals candidate at times a year ago. The offence was looking crisp and smooth, and the defence improved considerably from the year before. They went from downright awful on defence to being average. It was good enough to make them a playoff contender, but they ultimately lost in the second-round against the St. Louis Blues. It’s been a slow start for the Stars, who come into tonight with a record of 8-8-5. That isn’t how the Stars drew it up after bringing the Blues to seven games last year in the playoffs. The Stars face the Canucks after dropping a 5-2 decision to the Nashville Predators on the 23rd. They’ve just been unable to get any kind of consistency going. A win here and there, and they’ll give it back with a loss the very next game. Thus far this season, the Stars are running into a familiar problem from a couple years ago. More on this matchup in the NHL below.
The core is here in Dallas, with Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Cody Eakin, and Jason Spezza. They’ve just failed to look interested in playing hard thus far this season. However, I think the Stars will be fine and are going to kick it up a notch in 2017. But here we are again, with a bad defence on their hands. They seemed to shore it up last year, but it might have been a temporary fix. The Stars are right back to where they were two years ago, as they rank near the back of the pack again. Dallas are allowing 3.38 goals per game, which is dead last in the NHL. All of the improvements they made last season have seemingly gone out the window.
At first look if you take a glance at the Canucks-Coyotes game, it’d appear that the Canucks had a solid showing on defence against the Yotes. However, like I said, they gave up 36 shots so it was all on Miller to come up big. The Stars are 13th in scoring thus far, which isn’t bad, but not enough to make up for their porous defence. Two years ago their defence was last, but their offence was in the top 3 throughout the season which kept them afloat. The Canucks have had issues on defence, despite the 1 goal allowed against the Coyotes. They are surrendering 3.05 goals per game for 24th in the NHL. The Stars should be able to get their offence going tonight, but that anemic defence scares me an awful lot. In other words, I really like the OVER 5.5 in Dallas tonight.
PICK: OVER 5.5 GOALS (-105)