The Dallas Stars come off a win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night for another game on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight. The Stars dropped one to the Leafs before defeating the Bruins a couple nights ago. Tyler Seguin completed the trifecta with a hat trick against his former team. That one had to feel good. Seguin made Tuukka Rask look like a house league goaltender all night long. Everybody was actually making Rask look silly, as he allowed 5 goals on only 19 shots on net! That is going to hurt the GAA there. The Stars were badly outplayed in that game, but the statistic that counts, the final score, the Stars ended up winning that one for a 5-3 final. But that made two nights in a row that the Stars didn’t look good, despite the score in that game. The night before James Reimer played good and they look in Toronto, 4-1. Oddly enough the Stars actually looked better in the Leafs game than they did against the Bruins. Yet, the final scores were totally different.
The Stars had a break between games last night, a luxury they didn’t have against the Bruins. But they ended up winning anyway. I don’t know if you can call a game in which you lost a bet 5-3 a bad beat, but that was one of those you had to watch the game to understand. We do give credit to Seguin and goaltender Kari Lehtonen who carried the team for the win on that occasion. Spezza, Benn, and Seguin do provide one impressive core for the Stars. More often than not this season, they won’t be getting outshot by 20 shots. We have a big enough sample size dating back to last season to know that the Stars’ offense is for real. The defense I am going to wait on. Although, given their current output I believe it would be good enough to make and do well in the playoffs. It could be better and if it was great then the Stars would be one of the scariest teams in the NHL. However, the offense is so prolific that they should be able to get by on an average to okay defense. They face a Hurricanes team tonight who wish they had just a little bit of the kind of offense the Stars do.
Dallas Stars vs. Carolina Hurricanes Pick
This is the third straight game on the road for the Stars, splitting the first two games against the Leafs and Bruins. In their last ten games they’ve been on a nice 8-2 streak. Their entire season has been a nice run, coming into tonight with an impressive mark of 10-3. It will take some time before people start taking note of how good they are, probably near the end of the season, because I do think they will keep playing well. But they should start taking note now. The problem I have had is I haven’t bet them enough this season. If you’ve bet them every game this season, you have made a nice chunk of cash. The Stars have averaged 3.54 goals per game this season. That puts them as the 3rd highest scoring team in the NHL.
Conversely, the Hurricanes are all the way down in 26th place with 2.17 goals scored per game. Year after year it is the same thing with them. They just never facilitate enough goals to get back to being contenders, which is where they were a decade ago. They haven’t had an offense now for over ten years. The Hurricanes are 5-7 this season, no one is surprised, that is about where I think they’ll be at seasons end, around two games below .500. They will have their moments, like lately, where they won three of their four last games. Their last game coming up a loss against the Lightning. The only good team they have beaten this year has been the Islanders, a 3-2 win in overtime. To me they look overmatched in this game. The Stars have not looked good in their last two games. I think that will be different tonight. They won’t outshot by 20 shots tonight and should pull out the victory over the overmatched Hurricanes.
PICK: STARS TO WIN -130