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(31-35-11) Dallas Stars vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (38-29-9)
Date: Sunday April 2nd
Time: 6:00PM EST
Venue: Joe Louis Arena in Tampa Bay, Michigan
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Tampa Bay -210
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Tampa Bay -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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On the second of a back-to-back after facing Carolina on Saturday, the Dallas Stars head to Tampa to take on the Lightning.
Tampa Bay, also on the second night of a back-to-back, continue its four-game home stand while also looking for its fifth win in a row.
It’s been a disappointing year for the Dallas Stars, who have lost three of the last five games and have one of the worst defenses in the NHL.
The Stars rank 27th in the league in goals against, giving up 3.17 goals per game. The goaltending has been poor for both starter Kari Lehtonen and backup Antti Niemi.
Lehtonen is 20-23-7 with a 2.81 GAA, while Niemi is 11-12-4 with a 3.31 GAA.
The offense hasn’t been much better, relying on the play of Tyler Seguin for most of the year. Seguin has been great, tallying 25 goals and 45 assists, including one of each in his last five games.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Despite all the injuries and the loss of Steven Stamkos for the year, the Tampa Bay Lightning have made things interesting in the Eastern Conference.
Tampa has won its last four games and is looking for its fifth in a row against Dallas.
Stamkos could play either Saturday or Sunday against the Stars and he’ll be a welcome addition to this team that has dealt with injury all year. Nikita Kucherov has been battling an illness and may miss this game.
Kucherov has kept this team alive this year, posting 38 goals and 42 assists. Over his last five games, he has seven goals and four assists.
NHL Betting Trends:
- The Total has gone UNDER in six of Dallas’ last seven games
- Tampa Bay is 2-5 ATS over the last seven games
Free Dallas Stars vs. Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Hockey Prediction:
The Stars are one of the worst teams in the NHL in terms of defense and the offense hasn’t been that much better. If Kucherov plays and Stamkos returns, this could be a great game for Tampa Bay. The Lightning get the W in this one.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Over 5.5
Neither team is particularly strong on the defensive end of the ice. This game should see some goals.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Dallas 3 – Tampa Bay 4
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