Dallas Stars vs Vancouver Canucks NHL Pick – April 18

The NHL is set up with another strong slate of hockey on April 18. Six games are up on the board throughout Monday night. One of these games will be between the Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:30 PM Eastern time.

Dallas has earned a record of 43-27-5 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fifth place of the Central division. The Stars are coming off a big win in their last game, but have won three of their last four. Dallas is tied for the top wild card spot, but do not have the tiebreaker. The Stars will look to move up the standings with a win in this one. The Canucks have put up a record of 37-28-10 so far this season, which has them in fifth place of the Pacific division. Vancouver has won five games in a row entering this one. The Canucks are seven points out of a wild card spot, but are down to their last seven games. Vancouver will need to finish this season strong if they want a chance at the playoffs.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Stars have been solid as of late and will look to remain hot in this one. Vancouver has been hot recently, but will look to remain strong. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win on Monday night.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
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Dallas Stars +1 ½ (-280) -115 Over 5 ½ (-125)
Vancouver Canucks -1 ½ (+230) -105 Under 5 ½ (+105)
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Team Data Dallas Stars Vancouver Canucks
Overall Record 43-27-5 37-28-10
Away/ Home Record 19-17-2 17-14-6
Goals Per Game 2.87 2.95
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.55 2.92
Save Percentage .905 .913
Save Percentage Away/ Home .905 .917

Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks Betting Trends

Dallas Stars

  • 5-4 in April
  • 10-8 after three or more straight unders
  • 14-8 revenging loss to an opponent
  • 6-4 after three or more straight home games
  • 22-10 against team with a losing record5

Vancouver Canucks

  • 5-1 in April
  • 4-2 when playing on three or more days rest
  • 10-13 after a win by two goals or more
  • 15-13 after scoring four or more goals
  • 6-3 after three or more straight wins
  • 17-23 against team with a winning record

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These two teams have met up twice already on the season. The first game was in Vancouver on November 7. Bo Horvat and Elias Pettersson both had a goal and two assists in the first meeting as the Canucks won 6-3. The second game shifted to Dallas on March 26. Pettersson had two goals, while Thatcher Demko stopped 35 of 36 shots. Vancouver earned a 4-1 win on the road.

Special Teams

The Stars have been solid on the power play this season. Dallas has scored on 49 of their 223 power play chances, which is a 22 percent success rate. The Stars have killed off 163 of their opponents 206 power play attempts, which is a 79.1 percent penalty kill. Dallas is 11th on the man advantage and I e18th on the penalty kill this season.

Vancouver has also been strong on the power play this season. The Canucks have capitalized on 55 of their 231 power play opportunities, which is a 23.8 percent power play. Vancouver has given up 55 power play goals on 211 penalties against, which is a 73.9 percent kill rate. The Canucks are 8th on the power play and 31st on the kill.

The Canucks have put up the better power play numbers throughout this season, but Dallas has a much better penalty kill. The Stars will look to attack Vancouver’s struggling penalty kill early in this one. The Canucks will look for it to step up. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough to give them the edge.

Goaltending Comparison

I expect Jake Oettinger to get the start in the crease for Dallas in this one. Oettinger has earned a record of 27-13-1 in his 41 starts on the season. He has posted a .915 save percentage and a GAA of 2.49 in those games played. Oettinger’s last start was against the San Jose Sharks. He stopped 23 of 24 shots in route to the win.

Thatcher Demko will likely get the nod between the pipes for the Canucks on Monday night. Demko has started in 58 games this season, going 32-20-6 in his starts. He has put up a save percentage of .918 and a 2.64 GAA in those outings. Demko finished with 21 saves on 22 shots in his last start against the Arizona Coyotes, which was enough for the win.

These two goalies have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win. Oettinger has won his last two starts and will look to keep it going in this one. Demko has won his last four starts and will look to remain hot in this one. If either goalie can come out fast in this one, it could be enough to lead their team to the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Canucks knocked off Dallas in their first two games of the season series and will look to remain hot. I think the Stars will bounce back.

If Oettinger can come out quickly and Dallas can dominate on special teams, I think they can earn the win. Bovada has the Stars listed as a -115 against the money line in this one.

This implies that Dallas will win this game around 53.5 percent of the time. I think that the Stars could be bigger favorites with them playing better on the season. Dallas will look to step up early in this one after dropping the first two. As slight favorites, I like the value on the Stars.

The Bet
Dallas Stars
-115
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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