Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Stars vs. Lightning NHL Odds
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Dallas Stars vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Saturday, September 19th
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Rogers Place, Edmonton AB
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Stars +130, Lightning -150
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Lightning -1.5 (+165)
NHL Betting Total: 5
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It won’t be the traditional Stanley Cup atmosphere without fans in attendance, but Dallas and Tampa Bay are set to meet in what should at the very least be an interesting way to close out the 2019/20 NHL season.
The Stars have answered the bell in blazing through the Western Conference playoffs. Dallas has been an underdog in every series so far which will continue against Tampa Bay, who had the 3rd most points in the regular season.
Team of destiny? Dallas was basically a toss-up in their playoff-opening win over Calgary, but prevailed as huge underdogs against both the Avalanche and the Golden Knights to reach their first Stanley Cup Finals since 2000.
Dallas has beaten two offensive minded squads the last two rounds which gives them good precedent in this series. Tampa Bay was tops in the NHL in goals scored during the regular season with 3.5.
At this point Anton Khubodin doesn’t care who he faces or how many times they fire at him. The Dallas goaltender stopped an amazing 153 of 161 Golden Knights shots last round (.950). Vegas scored 2+ goals just once in the series.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay has beaten the Blue Jackets, Bruins, and Islanders to reach their first Stanley Cup Finals since 2015. It’s been a much easier road for the Lightning but they needed six games to disperse a NYI team that had just 80 points.
The Lightning were held to 2 goals or less in 3 of the last 5 games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Tampa Bay is running into a red hot goaltender on Saturday night so is the opener looking like a low scoring affair?
Another reason game one seem to go ‘under’ the betting total of 5 is Andrei Vasilevskiy in net for the Lightning. Vasilevskiy has held opponents to two goals or less in 8 of his last 9 starts this postseason.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Stars are 5-1 last 6 overall
- Lightning are 40-15 last 55 overall
- Under is 4-0-1 in Stars last 5 overall
- Under is 3-1-1 in Lightning last 5 overall
- Stars are 2-5 last 7 meetings
Free Dallas Stars vs. Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Prediction:
Dallas is looking like a strong play in this one behind the red hot goaltending of Khubodin. The Stars have 4 days rest (TB just 1) and are used to playing at Rogers Place as the Lightning were in Toronto.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Stars +130
Dallas keeps on shocking the NHL world.
**NOTE** – The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers will begin Saturday, Aug. 1 in Edmonton and Toronto. The top four teams in both conferences will play a 3-game round robin for seeding in the First Round. The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers will be best-of-5 series with the losing teams being entered into Phase 2 of the NHL Draft Lottery.
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