The American Airlines Center is playing host an East-West tilt as the Dallas Stars face off against the visiting New York Rangers. It’s the last time that the two clubs will meet in the regular season. The puck drops at 8:30 p.m. ET on Monday, February 5, and you are able to catch the game live on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.
New York Rangers vs. Dallas Stars Odds
Dallas (+160) is currently the underdog to Dallas (-180), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at an even 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -125 for the under and +105 for the over.
Dallas is 30-23 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a surprising turnaround from what the team did during the 2016-17 season (34-48). Of the teams 53 games this season, 29 have gone over the total, while 23 have gone under and just one has pushed. The teams 18-9 SU at home this season.
The Stars have converted on 20.7 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 11th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 82.0 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, the Stars have been penalized 4.4 times per game overall this season, and 5.4 per game over their past five contests. The team has had to kill penalties for a whopping 17.4 minutes per game over their last five matchups, in total.
Averaging 26.4 saves per game with a .917 save percentage, Ben Bishop (21-19-3) has been the primary option in goal for the Stars this year. If head coach Ken Hitchcock chooses to rest him, however, Dallas might turn to Kari Lehtonen (10-7-7 record, .919 save percentage, 2.22 goals against average).
Alexander Radulov and John Klingberg will both look to continue their strong seasons for the Stars. Radulov (50 points) has tallied 21 goals and 29 assists and has recorded multiple points on 12 different occasions this year. Klingberg has six goals and 44 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 32 contests.
New York is 25-27 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.7 units for moneyline bettors thus far. A total of 29 of its outings have gone over the total, while 21 have gone under and just two have pushed. The Rangers are 8-15 SU as the visiting team this season.
The Rangers have converted on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 13th overall and it’s successfully defended 81.7 percent of all penalties.
New York’s skaters have been called for penalties 3.6 times per game this season, 4.0 per game over their past five match ups total, and 4.0 per game over their last five games as the visiting team. The teams been forced to stave off opponent power plays 8.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Henrik Lundqvist (28.3 saves per game) has been the primary choice in the net for New York. Lundqvist owns a 21-23-4 record, while registering a .918 save percentage and 2.72 goals against average this year.
For the visiting Rangers, the offense will be coordinated by Mats Zuccarello (eight goals, 30 assists) and J.T. Miller (12 goals, 22 assists).
New York Rangers vs. Dallas Stars Betting Picks
Free Pick: SU Winner – Rangers, O/U – Under
- Dallas is 3-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while New York is 3-4 in shootouts.
- The under has hit in three of Dallas last five outings.
- New York has managed 29.2 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Dallas is averaging 34.6 shots per game over its last five at home.
- Eight of New York’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-7 in those games.