Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Penguins vs Stars NHL Odds
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(38-14-8) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Dallas Stars (24-28-10)
Date: Tuesday February 28th
Time: 5:30 PM
Venue: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Penguins -150
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NHL Betting Total: 6
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The Penguins will likely be adding some complimentary pieces to their solid core come the trade deadline on Wednesday, in effort to repeat as the Stanley Cup Champions.
On the other end, the Dallas Stars need to sell of some spare parts and add to the supporting cast around star players, Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, especially making some changes in net.
Sidney Crosby leads the NHL in goals with 32 on the year, this is despite missing eight games at the start of the season. Crosby also sits second overall in points with 67, five back of fellow superstar center, Connor McDavid.
The Penguins as a whole lead the league in goals per game, with 3.5 on average. While the team is top-heavy with the big three of Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel all sitting with over 55 points.
The team lost Kris Letang early in 2017, but has effectively been replaced on the first powerplay unit by Justin Schultz, who has tallied 39 points on the season.
Entering the deadline, it’s likely that the Pens will try to acquire some depth on defense and maybe add another secondary option up front.
One major trade chip is Marc-Andre Fleury, the former starter and two-time Cup winner with Pittsburgh who has relinquished the starting role to Matt Murray. In all likelihood, Fleury will remain with the Pens until the summer, but crazier things have happened.
Speaking of teams that could use a new goalie, look no further than the Dallas Stars. Their netminders have combined to produce the second-worst goals against per game on average, allowing 3.2 per game.
Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen have both been bad, with neither having a SV% over the .900 mark. Fleury may not be the solution, especially considering his contact and his .906 SV% himself, but it is certainly an area that GM Jim Nill needs to address.
The forward group is extremely top-heavy in Dallas, with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn accounting for 118 points, Seguin with 61 and Benn with 57.
The third-leading scorer was Patrick Eaves, who was just dealt to the Anaheim Ducks, amidst a career season with 21 goals and 37 points.
Other veteran names such as Dan Hamhuis, Patrick Sharp, Antoine Roussel, Cody Eakin and Johnny Oduya are potential trade candidates as well, following the trade of Jordie Benn to Montreal.
The goaltending is certainly not the only area that needs work in Dallas, nor is the depth scoring.
The blueline has been an area of concern, with direct impact on the 29th overall rating in goals against and contributed to the ineptitude on the penatly kill.
Dallas grades out with the worst penalty kill in the league, at an efficiency of just 73.3%.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Pittsburgh has a plus-43 goal differential on the year
- Pittsburgh is 13-10-5 on the road
- Pittsburgh has scored three or more goals in 16 of 22 games in 2017
- Sidney Crosby (1.24) and Evgeni Malkin (1.15) are both top-3 in points per game
- Dallas is 3-8 in February games
- Dallas is 17-10-6 at home this year
Free Pittsburgh Penguins vs Dallas Stars NHL Hockey Prediction:
Pittsburgh should be able to put up a ton of points one of the league’s worst defensive and goaltending units, respectively. The Penguins lead the league in goals per game and that shouldn’t change here.
While Matt Murray has been stellar this season, but this could be a showcase game for Fleury.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Over 6.
Regardless, the Stars’ combo of Seguin and Benn should be able to at least pot one or two to make the over.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 5 – Dallas 3
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