Philadelphia Flyers vs. Dallas Stars Betting Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

Two clubs that are facing each other for the final time this season, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Dallas Stars face off at the American Airlines Center for an East-West showdown. The match will get underway at 8:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 27, and you’ll be able to watch the game live on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.

Philadelphia Flyers at Dallas Stars Odds

With a moneyline of -130, Dallas enters the game as the favorite. The line for Philadelphia sits at +110 and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total sit at -125 for the over and +105 for the under.

The Stars are 38-38 straight up (SU) and have recorded -14.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a welcome improvement compared to what the team managed during the 2016-17 season (34-48). Of its 76 games this season, 38 have gone over the total, while 36 have gone under and just two have pushed. This year, the team is 24-15 SU at home.

Dallas has converted on 19.9 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated 13th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.6 percent of all penalties.

Dallas, as a collective unit, has been whistled for penalties 4.3 times per game overall this season, 4.0 per game over its past five contests total, and 4.0 per game over its last five home outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties for 10.6 minutes per contest over its last five home games.

Sporting a .916 save percentage and 24.8 saves per game, Ben Bishop (26 wins, 27 losses, and six OT losses) has been the best option in goal for the Stars this season. If the Stars choose to give him the evening off, however, head coach Ken Hitchcock might turn to Kari Lehtonen (13-19-19 record, .911 save percentage, 2.56 goals against average).

Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn will both be offensive focal points for the Stars. Seguin (71 points) has tallied 39 goals and 32 assists and has recorded multiple points on 18 separate occasions this year. Benn has 28 goals and 41 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 47 contests.

On the other side of the ice, Philadelphia is 38-38 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.8 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 76 regular season contests, 41 of its games have gone over the total, while 33 have gone under and just two have pushed. As the visiting team, Philadelphia is 19-19 SU.

Philadelphia has converted on 20.3 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 28th overall and it’s successfully killed off 75.8 percent of all opponent power plays.

Philadelphia’s skaters have been penalized 3.4 times per game this season, and 2.7 per game over their past ten contests. The teams been forced to kill penalties just 5.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Brian Elliott (26.3 saves per game) has been the main option in the net for Philadelphia. Elliott owns a 22-19-7 record, and has registered a .908 save percentage and 2.72 goals against average this year.

Claude Giroux (26 goals, 65 assists) has been one of the primary playmaking threats for the visiting Flyers.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Dallas Stars Betting Predictions

NHL Tip: SU Winner – Stars, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in three of Dallas last five games.
  • The Flyers are 11-14 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Stars are 18-20 SU when they serve more minutes than their opponent.
  • Philadelphia is 2-7 in games decided by a shootout this season while Dallas is 4-3 in shootouts.
  • Dallas has averaged 4.2 takeaways per game over its last five home games, a drop-off from its season average of 5.7 takeaways per game (ranked 29th in the league).
  • Philadelphia has created 8.6 takeaways per game over its last five road games, an improvement over its season average of 5.9 takeaways per game (ranked 27th in the NHL).
  • Dallas could have an advantage if it’s a close one late. The teams 15-13 in games decided by one goal, while Philadelphia is 16-21 in such games.