Vancouver Canucks vs. Dallas Stars Game Preview

In their second head-to-head matchup of the regular season, the Vancouver Canucks and the Dallas Stars meet at the American Airlines Center in a Western Conference showdown. The match will get started at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 11, and you can view the game live on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.

Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars Odds

Dallas is 33-23 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 2.8 units this season. That winning percentage, ranked third in the Central Division so far in the early season, is a huge turnaround from what the team did during the 2016-17 season (34-48). Among its 56 games this season, 30 have gone over the total, while 24 have gone under and just two have pushed. This season, the team is 20-9 SU at home. The Stars have converted on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 11th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 82.3 percent of all penalties. The Stars, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.3 times per game overall this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five games at home. The teams had to kill penalties for just 7.6 minutes per game over their last five matchups, in total. Boasting a .920 save percentage and 26.7 saves per game, Ben Bishop (23-19-3) has been the best goalkeeper for the Stars this season. If the Stars decide to give him a rest, however, the team may roll with Kari Lehtonen (11-7-7 record, .919 save percentage, 2.26 goals against average). The Stars will continue to lean on the leadership from Alexander Radulov and John Klingberg. Radulov (53 points) has produced 21 goals and 32 assists and has recorded two or more points 13 times this year. Klingberg has seven goals and 45 assists to his name and has recorded a point in 34 contests. Vancouver is 21-34 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 31 of its matches have gone over the total, while 24 have gone under and none have pushed. The Canucks are 11-17 SU as a road team this season. The Canucks have converted on 21.3 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 26th overall and it’s successfully killed off 77.7 percent of all penalties. Vancouver’s skaters have been penalized 3.9 times per game this season, 4.2 per game over their past five games total, and 3.4 per game over their last five on the road. The teams had to stave off opponent power plays just 8.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings. Jacob Markstrom (26.6 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Vancouver. Markstrom owns a 15-26-5 record, and has registered a .908 save percentage and 2.78 goals against average this year. Brock Boeser (26 goals, 21 assists) will pace the offensive attack for the visiting Canucks.

Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars Betting Predictions

Pick: SU Winner – Stars, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Over Dallas last ten outings, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-2 in those games).
  • Vancouver has averaged 2.6 goals per game as a team this year, but has been averaging 1.5 goals per matchup over its last four games (0-4 SU over that span).
  • The extra-man advantage may be even more critical than usual in the outcome of this one. The Canucks are 8-8 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 13-24 when they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 total minutes. The Stars are 14-10 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 20-12 when they’re in the box for less than 10 minutes.
  • Two of Dallas last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 4-2 overall in shootouts this season.
  • Dallas might have an advantage if it’s a close one late. The teams 12-7 in games decided by one goal, while Vancouver is 7-10 in such games.
  • The total has gone over in three of Vancouver’s last five outings.
  • Dallas has given up just 1.6 goals per game (while scoring 4.0 per contest) in its last five games (the teams a perfect 0-0 SU during that span).
  • Dallas has averaged 13.2 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 8.3 giveaways per game (the 9th-fewest in the league).
  • Vancouver is ranked 11th this season with 8.7 giveaways per game. That figure has trended lower, however, as it’s averaged 7.4 giveaways over its last 10 games and 7.2 giveaways over its last five.