In a game between two squads that have put themselves squarely in the playoff hunt, the Dallas Stars and the New York Rangers collide at Madison Square Garden for an East-West showdown. The opening face-off is at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, December 11, and it can be seen live on Fox Sports Southwest.
Dallas Stars at New York Rangers Odds
With a moneyline of -135, New York enters the matchup as the favorite. The line for Dallas sits at +115, and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals (-135 for the over, +115 for the under). Those O/U odds have moved after originally opening at -105 over and -115 under.
New York is 16-13 straight up (SU) and has earned 0.9 units for moneyline bettors this season. That winning percentage, the third-best in the Metropolitan Division in this young season, isn’t too far off from to the 48-34 record the team posted during last years regular season campaign. Through 29 regular season contests, 18 of the teams games have gone over the total, while nine have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 12-7 SU at home this season.
The Rangers have converted on 20.2 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 12th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.9 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, the Rangers have been penalized 3.7 times per game overall this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five home outings. The teams had to defend opponent power plays for just 7.7 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total.
With a .916 save percentage and 27.6 saves per game, Henrik Lundqvist (14-11-2) has been the top goalkeeper for New York this season. If the Broadway Blueshirts, however, decide to give him the night off, New York could roll with Ondrej Pavelec (2-5-5 record, .899 save percentage, 3.46 goals against average).
The Broadway Blueshirts will continue relying on leadership from Mats Zuccarello and J.T. Miller. Zuccarello (24 points) has put up seven goals and 17 assists and has recorded two or more points in five different games this year. Miller has four goals and 18 assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in 15 games.
On the other side of the rink, Dallas is 16-14 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 30 regular season contests, 16 of its games have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under and just one has pushed. As the road team so far, the Stars are 6-10 SU.
The Stars have converted on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 12th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.8 percent of all opponent power plays.
Dallas players have been penalized 4.5 times per game in total this season, 4.4 per game over their past five match ups total, and 4.4 per game over their last five on the road. The teams been forced to defend opponent power plays 9.2 minutes per contest over their last five road games.
Ben Bishop (25.3 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Dallas. Bishop has 13 wins and 11 losses to his credit, and has registered a .909 save percentage and 2.75 goals against average this year.
Leading the offensive attack for the visiting Stars will be Tyler Seguin (14 goals, 14 assists) and Alexander Radulov (nine goals, 16 assists).
Dallas Stars vs. New York Rangers Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Stars, O/U – Under
- Dallas is 1-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while New York is 1-1 in shootouts.
- The total has gone over in four of New York’s last five games.
- Six of New York’s last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals. The club is 4-2 overall in those games.