The Dallas Stars take their talents to Edmonton for a dance with the surging Oilers on Tuesday night. The Penguins leave the west coast, while the Stars come in from California after a 5-1 loss in San Jose. The Stars are sputtering and just about out of playoff contention.
It would take some kind of big comeback for them to reach the postseason, as the window continually becomes smaller and smaller on their chances. This is about the time they have to start making their push, but, well, it’s been a struggle for them to find momentum.
The Stars are losers of two straight, following two wins in a row. Just like that, Dallas could have had something cooking up, but weren’t able to gain any traction. Now the Stars are in Edmonton against a good Oilers team who aren’t going to give them much room. It’s not going to be an easy road, it’s probably going to be an impossible road, but statistically the Stars still have a fighting chance.
Every game from here on out is huge for them. Note that the Stars are 27-31-9 and are sitting far back of a playoff spot, 13 points to be exactly. So like I said, the Stars are on life support. They can be dealt an even bigger blow with a loss against the Oilers on the road tonight.
It’s not easy travelling out west this far away from home and winning hockey games, but the Stars are going to have to if they want to make a miraculous come from behind entry in the postseason. Good luck, Stars. In any event, we’ll see what they have in them against the Oilers this evening.
Tough beat on our pick last night, as the Penguins fell in a shootout to the Flames. Out of all the losses betting on hockey, losing in a shootout has to be the most heart wrenching. It’s only one game, though, let’s get back to a winning formula with our Stars vs. Oilers pick on Tuesday night.
Dallas Stars vs. Edmonton Oilers Pick
The Stars are victims of the same downfall from two years ago. The defence is getting pushed around, and their goaltending has been shaky at best. To note the goaltending issues, the Stars have had to use both of their goalies twelve times in the same game this season.
Antti Niemi, who was supposed to be a prized possession when they picked him up in 2015, has been a major flop. He holds a save percentage of 0.895 and a 3.23 GAA. Kari Lehtonen is currently trying to keep his numbers below 3.00 and .090, as he boasts a GAA of 2.96 and 0.902 save percentage.
The Stars rank 29th in the NHL on defence, just 0.1 back of the last place Colorado Avalanche. Between Niemi and Lehtonen, they’ve allowed an average of 3.24 goals per game. The Stars have given up 10 goals on their last two outings. In their last ten games, they have surrendered 3.40 goals a game. Back to the drawing board this offseason. Connor McDavid should be able to do what ever he wants against this defence tonight. The OVER looks mighty fine pick to me for Tuesday night’s action on the ice.
PICK: OVER 5.5 GOALS (-110)