As the holiday season passes us now, it’s time to focus on the stretch to the playoffs in the NHL. This season is just flying by us, as we still have a lot of hockey to be played, but it doesn’t feel like it is January already. Yesterday featured the Winter Classic, a big shout out to the Canadiens, thanks for scoring with less than 2 minutes left to screw the UNDER. Rask played a horrible game and essentially was the reason that bet didn’t hit. Other than shoving it in the Bruins’ faces, there really wasn’t any need for the last goal, but 5-1 does look good for the Habs. Also, they have been trying to find any kind of momentum they can get, so blowing the Bruins out in the Winter Classic, may be a good way of going about getting back on track. The price in that game was confusing, but the result in the game added up. The Bruins opened as relatively big favorites but it went all the way down to -120 at some sportsbooks. The move wasn’t suspicious or anything, but considering how the Canadiens have been playing a lot more money was coming in on the Bruins.
The Dallas Stars look to avoid a 2016 collapse, as they take to the ice this evening. The Stars got off to a furious start this season, but young teams are susceptible to hitting walls. One half of the season is great, but it needs to keep up throughout the entire season, and the NHL is a long grueling one. The Stars thus far have set themselves up in a beautiful spot with a 28-8-1 record heading into 2016. New year, but the Stars are hoping for more of the same in 2016. They have a plethora of talent to keep doing it, with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn primarily. Benn has a staggering 24 goals and 28 assists. He is making his case as the best player in the NHL. For everyone who knows about Sidney Crosby, they should become familiar with Jamie Benn as well.
Dallas Stars vs. New Jersey Devils NHL Pick
The Devils will try and play spoiler tonight on the east coast. They own a respectable 19-14-1 record and have improved this season. New Jersey is still trying to move on from the Martin Brodeur era and etch out a new identity. The Devils don’t have much of one right now, as Brodeur will be the most recognizable player in their organization for years to come. They have failed to get hot this season. Their record isn’t bad, but they haven’t gone on a run to establish themselves yet. For instance, the Devils haven’t won three straight games since the second week of the season. They are currently on a two game win streak with wins over the Senators and Hurricanes.
The Stars are 5-2 in their last seven games, and the beauty of that is the teams they beat there. The Canadiens, Wild, Blackhawks, Blues, and Predators. All of those are good teams that the Stars were able to beat. The Stars have been scoring the puck with ease, just look at Jamie Benn. They are 1st in the NHL with 3.49 goals scored per game. It might be a little tough on the Devils who are scoring only 2.39 goals a game this season. I like the Stars to improve to 13-4-1-2 on the road this season.
PICK: STARS TO WIN -140