Two clubs that are facing each other for the final time this season, the Dallas Stars and the Carolina Hurricanes take the ice at PNC Arena in an East-West matchup. The game gets started at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, November 13 and it can be seen live on Fox Sports Southwest.
Dallas Stars vs. Carolina Hurricanes Odds
Carolina heads into the contest as the favorite with a -120 moneyline. The line for Dallas sits at +100, and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals (-105 for the over, -115 for the under).
Dallas is 9-7 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.4e-16 units for moneyline bettors this year. Eight of its matches have gone under the total, while seven have gone over and just one has pushed. This 2017-18 Stars team is 3-5 SU on the road.
Dallas currently has the second-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s converted on 31.3 percent of its extra-man advantages this season. Additionally, it has the third-best penalty kill in the league, and the team’s successfully killed off 87.5 percent of all penalties.
The Stars, as a collective unit, have been whistled for penalties 4.2 times per game during the 2017-18 season, 4.4 per game over its last five matchups total, and 4.0 per game over its last five road outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties 8.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
With a .915 save percentage and 24.7 saves per game, Ben Bishop (7-6) has been the top option in goal for Dallas this season. If head coach Ken Hitchcock decides to rest him, however, Dallas may turn to Kari Lehtonen (2-3), who has a .914 save percentage and 2.40 goals against average this year.
The visiting Stars have relied on John Klingberg and Jamie Benn this season. Klingberg (18 points) is up to four goals and 14 assists, and has recorded two or more points four times. Benn has eight goals and eight assists to his name, and has notched a point in nine games.
Over on the other bench, Carolina is 6-9 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 15 regular season outings, eight of its games have gone over the total, while seven have gone under and none have pushed. It’s 2-5 SU at home this season.
The Hurricanes have converted on just 12.2 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s ranked 31st in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 15th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.3 percent of all opponent power plays.
Carolina skaters have been penalized only 2.4 times per game this season. Last year, that number was at 2.7, the lowest mark in the league. After serving an average of 5.8 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays for 4.8 minutes per matchup this season.
Scott Darling (24.5 saves per game) has been the primary selection in goal for the Hurricanes. Darling has four wins, seven losses, and four overtime losses and has recorded a poor .906 save percentage and 2.49 goals against average this year.
Justin Williams (two goals, 11 assists) will lead the attack for the Hurricanes.
Dallas Stars vs. Carolina Hurricanes Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Over
- After going 3-6 in games decided by a shootout last year, the Hurricanes are off to a 1-2 start in shootouts this season. Dallas was 1-2 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.
- The total has gone under in three of Carolina’s last five outings.
- Dallas has managed 29.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Carolina is averaging 36.4 shots per game over its last five at home.