Dallas Stars vs. Anaheim Ducks Matchup


Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and the Dallas Stars are set to face off against Rickard Rakell, Ryan Getzlaf, and the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center in a Western Conference tilt. The opening face-off is at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 12, and you’ll be able to view it live on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.

Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks Odds

Each side currently has an identical -110 money line for this matchup, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -120 money on the over and +100 on the under.

Anaheim is 16-16 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 2.6 units this year. That early-season winning percentage is fairly close to the 44-38 record the team produced during last year’s regular season campaign. Of its 32 games this season, 12 have gone under the total, while 12 have gone over and just one has pushed. The team’s 9-9 SU at home this season.

The Ducks have converted on just 15.7 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 14th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.9 percent of all penalties.

Averaging 29.6 saves per game with a .925 save percentage, John Gibson (13 wins, 13 losses, and four OT losses) has been the primary option in goal for Anaheim this season. If head coach Randy Carlyle chooses to rest him, however, Anaheim may turn to Ryan Miller (5-5-5 record, .922 save percentage, 2.71 goals against average).

Dallas has earned moneyline bettors 1.3 units this year and is currently 16-14 straight up (SU). A total of 16 of its contests have gone under the total, while 10 have gone over and just four have pushed. The Stars are 6-10 SU as an away team this season.

The Stars have converted on 19.5 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 seventh overall and it’s successfully defended 83.9 percent of all opponent power plays.

Ben Bishop (27.4 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Dallas. Bishop owns a 10-8-1 record, and has registered a .925 save percentage and 2.28 goals against average this year.

Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks Free Picks

Free NHL Pick: SU Winner \u2013 Stars, O/U \u2013 Under

Betting Notes

  • The majority (56.3 percent) of Dallas’ wins have come by two or more goals, and the team is 9-8 overall in such games. 4 of Anaheim’s wins (25.0 percent) have been decided by two or more goals.
  • The Stars are 5-9 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Ducks are 11-9 SU when they spend more time in the box than the opposition.
  • Anaheim (3-2 in shootouts this season) has more experience in games decided by shootout. Dallas has yet to participate in one this year.
  • For both of these teams, the over has hit in three of their last five matchups.
  • Dallas has averaged 8.0 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 10.7 giveaways per game (ranked 20th in the NHL).
  • Anaheim is ranked 24th this season with 11.2 giveaways per game. That figure has regressed recently, as the team’s averaged 12.4 giveaways over its last 10 games and 14.8 giveaways over its last five.
  • This game features two of the more aggressive teams in the league. Dallas skaters have dished out the league’s 12th-most hits per game (22.0) while the Ducks have tallied the 12th-most (22.3).