Dallas Stars vs Anaheim Ducks NHL Pick – March 31

The NHL is set up with another great slate of action on March 31. Nine games are up on the board throughout Thursday night. One of these games will be between the Dallas Stars and the Anaheim Ducks. 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 10:00 PM Eastern time.

Dallas has earned a record of 37-25-3 throughout this season, which has them in fifth place of the Central division. The Stars are coming off a win in their last game and have won four of their last five. Dallas has a one point lead on the final wild card spot with three games in hand. The Stars will look for a big win on the road in this one.

The Ducks have put up a record of 27-30-11 so far this season, which has them in seventh place of the Pacific division. Anaheim has lost ten games in a row and thirteen of their last fifteen. The Ducks have fallen out of the playoff race, but will look to play spoiler in this one. Anaheim will look to bounce back with a big win at home.

These two teams will look for a big two points as they meet up on Thursday night. The Stars are in a tight race for the final wild card spot and will look for a big two points in this one. Anaheim will look to play spoiler down the stretch. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win on Thursday night.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Dallas Stars -1 ½ (+145) -180 Over 5 ½ (-110)
Anaheim Ducks +1 ½ (-170) +155 Under 5 ½ (-110)

 

Team Data Dallas Stars Anaheim Ducks
Overall Record 37-25-3 27-30-11
Away/ Home Record 16-16-2 16-15-4
Goals Per Game 2.89 2.75
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.41 2.80
Save Percentage .905 .904
Save Percentage Away/ Home .909 .911

Betting Trends

Dallas Stars

  • 8-5 in March
  • 22-14 in second half of the season
  • 9-15 in road games where total is 5 ½
  • 17-8 against team with a losing record

Anaheim Ducks

  • 2-11 in March
  • 13-16 in home games with total at 5 ½
  • 5-13 after three or more straight losses
  • 9-25 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up once this season in Anaheim on March 29. Derek Grant had a goal and an assist, while Trevor Zegras had two assists. It was not enough for the Ducks though. Radek Faksa, Roope Hintz and Jacob Peterson all scored a goal for the Stars. Jake Oettinger stopped 26 of 28 shots as Dallas earned a 3-2 win.

Special Teams

The Stars have been solid on the power play throughout this season. Dallas has scored on 44 of their 197 power play chances, which is a 22.3 percent success rate. The Stars have killed off 146 of their opponents 187 power play attempts, which is a 78.1 percent penalty kill. Dallas is 12th on the power play and 19th on the kill this season.

Anaheim has been solid on both sides of special teams this season. The Ducks have capitalized on 43 of their 189 power play opportunities, which is a 22.8 percent power play. Anaheim has given up 37 power play goals on 195 penalties against, which is an 81 percent kill rate. The Ducks are 11th on the man advantage and 12th on the penalty kill.

These two teams have put up strong power plays throughout this season. The Ducks have had the better penalty kill on the season and will look to use it to their advantage. Anaheim will look to step up early in this one after failing to net a power play goal in the last game. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

Jake Oettinger will likely get the start in the net for Dallas in this one. Oettinger has started in 35 games this season, going 23-11-1 in those matchups. He has posted a .916 save percentage and a GAA of 2.49 in his games played. Oettinger finished with 26 saves on 28 shots in his last start against Anaheim, which was enough for the win.

I expect John Gibson to get the nod between the pipes for the Ducks on Thursday night. Gibson has earned a record of 17-22-9 throughout his 48 starts this season. He has put up a save percentage of .904 and a 3.09 GAA. Gibson’s last start was against the Stars on Tuesday night. He stopped 29 of 32 shots in the losing effort.

These two goalies have been solid throughout this season and will look to earn a win in this one. Oettinger has won three of his last four starts and will look to come out fast in this one. Gibson has lost nine starts in a row and will look to steal this one. If either goalie can come out quickly, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big two points. Anaheim is hosting both games of the back to back with the Stars and lost the first game. The Ducks lost the first game of the set and will look to bounce back in this one. If Anaheim can get their special teams going, I like their chances to earn a win at home.

Bovada has Dallas listed as a -180 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Stars will win this game around 64.3 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with Anaheim at home. The Ducks have been on a long losing streak and I think they are due for a win. As underdogs at home, I like the value on Anaheim.

The Bet
Anaheim Ducks
+155
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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