The Dallas Stars look to make it three wins in a row on the road in Boston at TD Garden. They already have wins over the Canadiens, Maple Leafs, and Capitals to make for an impressive trip out east. The Stars opened with a bad 4-2 loss last Sunday against the Red Wings, but have turned it around with three victories in a row. Holtby continued his struggles in net for the Capitals yesterday.
In an attempt to clear the puck behind the net, Holtby coughed it up and handed the Stars a free goal to make it 2-0. The Caps came back to allow overtime, but another softy allowed by Holtby gave the Stars the win. We can’t ignore the complete slop the Caps have been committing in their own zone. Holtby made a few nice saves to bail them out, so it’s not completely all on him despite the struggles.
The Stars were certainly able to take advantage of the miscues. Against a solid defence they wouldn’t have been afforded those opportunities. It’s especially disappointing for the Caps, who weren’t able to defeat a Stars team that haven’t played at home since October 25th. This will be their fifth consecutive game on the road, the fifth of a six-game road trip for the Stars.
Following Boston, they have one more game in Columbus and then finally head back home to play the Sharks on Thursday. They are in tough with a back-to-back on Monday and Tuesday to conclude a long trip. The Bruins are a physical bunch who aren’t going to give up as many opportunities as the Caps gave to them so easily. Head below for our free Stars vs. Bruins pick.
Dallas Stars vs. Boston Bruins Pick
For the Stars to win this game, they are going to have to acknowledge that they are going to face a whole lot more pressure defensive than they did against the Capitals. It’s almost like they are going from one of the worst to one of the best in the league. The Bruins are coming off a 1-0 loss to the Predators on Saturday. They fell to 7-4-2 with the loss and have gone 3-2 in their previous five games.
Not much offence to report for the Bruins, but they have been hitting the defensive end of the ice hard. Boston have scored an average of 2 goals per game in their last five. However, the defence has been strong with an average of only 1.4 goals allowed per game.
In what has become a year of offensive shootouts thus far, the Bruins are sticking to what they know best and have found success with over the last decade. Note that the Bruins are 4th in the league with 2.31 goals allowed per game. Dallas have scored only 1.6 goals per in their last three meetings against Boston.
Before the conclusion of the Caps game, the Stars were scoring just 1.8 goals per game on the road. Fortunately for them, the Capitals gift wrapped them a couple of goals with sloppy turnovers to give the Stars a win. Don’t expect that kind of carelessness from the Bruins on Monday night. The Bruins haven’t been scoring, though. Dating back to October 17th, they’ve scored just 1.87 goals per game. Also, the Stars have held them to 2.3 goals per game in their last three meetings. Don’t disregard the fact that Anton Khudobin is likely going to be in net, playing against his former team. Khudobin has been solid with a 2.34 GAA thus far this season. Look for a 3-1 or 3-2 final in Boston in this one, providing a chance for a solid play on the UNDER.