Two clubs that split their season series one win each last year, the Dallas Stars and the Florida Panthers face off at the BB&T Center for an East-West showdown. The opening face-off takes place at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 14, and you are able to catch the game live on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.
Dallas Stars vs. Florida Panthers Odds
Dallas is 9-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.4e-16 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 17 regular season matches, eight of its games have gone under the total, while seven have gone over and just one has pushed. As a road team this season, the Stars are 3-6 SU.
Dallas enters the match up with the first-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s converted on 31.4 percent of its extra-man chances this season. On the other hand, it has the fifth-best penalty kill in the league, and it’s successfully killed off 86.7 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Stars have been penalized 4.2 times per game during the 2017-18 season, 4.4 per game over its last five total, and 4.2 per game over its last five games as the visiting team. The team’s had to kill penalties 8.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Sporting a .908 save percentage and 24.6 saves per game, Ben Bishop (7-7) has been the best option in goal for Dallas this season. Bishop did just play last night, however, so the team could choose to rest him and instead turn to Kari Lehtonen (2-3 record, .914 save percentage, 2.40 goals against average).
The visiting Stars will be led by John Klingberg and Jamie Benn. Klingberg has 18 points via four goals and 14 assists, and has recorded two or more points five times. Benn has eight goals and nine assists to his credit (and has notched at least one point in 10 games).
On the other bench, Florida is 5-11 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. 11 of its matches have gone over the total, while five have gone under and none have pushed. It’s 3-5 SU as the home team thus far.
The Panthers have converted on just 15.5 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 31st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 72.1 percent of all opponent power plays.
Panthers players have been penalized 4.9 times per game in total this season, 5.0 per game over their past five outings total, and 4.6 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties 11.0 minutes per game over their last five home outings.
James Reimer has stopped 25.4 shots per game as the top choice in goal for the Panthers. Reimer has three wins, seven losses, and one overtime loss to his name and has recorded a mediocre 3.77 goals against average and a subpar .891 save percentage this season.
The Panthers will be led on offense by Jonathan Huberdeau (five goals, 14 assists).
Dallas Stars at Florida Panthers Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Panthers, O/U – Over
- The under has hit in three of Florida’s last five games.
- Dallas has managed 26.8 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Florida is averaging 31.8 shots per game over its last five home outings.
- Over Dallas’ last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-4 in those games).