Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Stars vs Ducks NHL Odds
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(16-11-3) Dallas Stars | Anaheim Ducks (16-11-5)
Date: Wednesday, December 12th
Time: 10:30 PM
Venue: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: PICK ‘EM (Dallas/Anaheim -110)
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: +/-1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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A couple of well-matched teams meet in the L.A. suburbs on Wednesday night, where the Stars travel to the Honda Center to try and bring two points back to north Texas.
The Anaheim Ducks and their strong goaltending, led by elite American goalie John Gibson, might have something to say about that.
Not surprisingly for a team from the Lone Star State (isn’t everything bigger and brighter in Texas?) the Stars have the flash and dash necessary for a playoff run in the West.
For starters, Dallas features one of the better players in the league that fair-weather hockey fans don’t talk about, but insiders know: Jamie Benn. He has the blend of everything you want in today’s NHL.
Benn joins with Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza and Alexander Radulov to form a balanced offensive attack that can hurt you in several ways.
The Stars also have a fleet-skating blueline with offensive upside: Miro Heiskanen, Esa Lindell and John Klingberg embody everything good that is generally featured with Scandinavian defencemen. The goaltending is solid if unspectacular, with Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin.
The home team definitely doesn’t have the offensive dazzle that the Stars do, but they still get the job done with sound defensive play and goaltending. Anaheim has scored more frequently lately, but it just lost offensive star Rickard Rakell to an injury, which doesn’t bode well.
The goaltending and penalty-kill metrics are in the upper half of the league, but the Ducks rank still just 30th in goals for, even with recent offensive outbursts of six, four and six goals in the past week. Losing Rakell won’t help the goal scoring.
It looks like the Ducks will keep relying on Gibson to grind out wins in the Pacific division.
NHL Betting Trends:
- DAL are 2-9 in their last 11 Wed. games.
- DAL are 27-11 in their last 38 vs. Pacific.
- Over is 34-14-4 in DAL last 52 Wed. games.
- Under is 16-5-1 in ANA last 22 Wed. games.
- ANA are 21-7 in their last 28 Wed. games.
- Favorite is 37-17 in the last 54 meetings.
- Home team is 37-18 in the last 55 meetings.
Free Dallas Stars vs. Anaheim Ducks NHL Prediction:
In the days of the trap-hungry teams like the New Jersey Devils and the Minnesota Wild from 10-15 years ago, good goaltending and a sound system was enough for the promised land, maybe even a Cup run.
These days, there is far more of a premium on speed, skill and scoring.
Not that strong netminding isn’t still important (Gibby – you’re a beauty!) but all things being equal, on a mid-week game in mid-season in Southern California, I’ll take decent goaltending and great scoring over great goaltending and minimal scoring.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Anaheim +240
Expect the visiting team to win this one on Wednesday night.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Dallas 3 – Anaheim 1
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