Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars Betting Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

In their third and last head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Vancouver Canucks and the Dallas Stars collide at the American Airlines Center in a Western Conference showdown. The matchup will get started at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 25, and fans at home can view the game live on Fox Sports Southwest.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Dallas Stars Odds

With a moneyline of -275, Dallas comes into the matchup as the heavy favorite. The line for Vancouver sits at +240 and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -120 for the over and +100 for the under.

Losing -11.9 units for moneyline bettors, the Stars are 38-37 straight up (SU) overall this year. That early-season winning percentage is a welcome improvement over the 34-48 record from last years regular season campaign. Of its 75 games this season, 38 have gone over the total, while 35 have gone under and just two have pushed. This year, the teams 24-14 SU at home.

Dallas has converted on 20.2 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 11th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.9 percent of all penalties.

Dallas, as a collective unit, has been called for penalties 4.3 times per game overall this season, and 3.6 per game over its last five home outings. The teams had to defend opponent power plays for just 7.8 minutes per game over its last five matchups, in total.

With a .916 save percentage and 24.8 saves per game, Ben Bishop (26-27-6) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Stars this season. If head coach Ken Hitchcock decides to give him a rest, however, the team might turn to Kari Lehtonen (13-18-18 record, .912 save percentage, 2.54 goals against average).

Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn will each be offensive focal points for the Stars. Seguin (71 points) has tallied 39 goals and 32 assists and has recorded two or more points on 18 separate occasions this year. Benn has 28 goals and 41 assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in 46 contests.

Over on the other bench, Vancouver is 26-49 straight up (SU) and has lost 16.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 42 of its matches have gone over the total, while 33 have gone under and none have pushed. As the road team, Vancouver is 14-25 SU.

Vancouver has converted on 21.4 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 22nd overall and it’s successfully killed off 78.7 percent of all opponent power plays.

Vancouver’s skaters have been called for penalties 3.8 times per game this season, 4.4 per game over their past five outings total, and 4.4 per game over their last five road outings. The teams been forced to kill penalties 13.0 minutes per game over their last five road outings.

Jacob Markstrom (26.4 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for Vancouver. Markstrom has 19 wins, 36 losses, and seven OT losses to his credit, while registering a .910 save percentage and 2.78 goals against average this year.

Leading the offensive attack for the visiting Canucks will be Brock Boeser (29 goals, 26 assists) and Daniel Sedin (21 goals, 29 assists).

Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars Betting Predictions

Prediction: SU Winner – Stars, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in three of Dallas last five games.
  • Vancouver has managed 28.8 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Dallas is averaging 36.2 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • The Canucks are 9-12 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 15-36 when they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total.
  • Vancouver is 0-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Dallas is 4-3 in shootouts.
  • Dallas has managed 5.2 takeaways per game over its last five home games, a slight drop from its season average of 5.8 takeaways per game (ranked 28th overall).
  • Vancouver skaters have created 6.2 takeaways per game over its last five road games, right in line with its season average of 6.1 takeaways per game (ranked 24th overall).
  • Dallas might hold the upper hand if this one comes down to the wire. The teams 15-13 in games decided by one goal, while Vancouver is only 8-16 in such games.