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NHL Pick: Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars

Overview 

The Anaheim Ducks continue their  four game road trip today in Dallas when they take on the Dallas Stars. The Ducks have won 8 of the last 13 meetings versus the Stars but they have struggled in Dallas over the past few years winning just 3 of the last 10 meetings.

Head to Head Trends

Home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Ducks are 17-37-2 in the last 56 meetings in Dallas.

Dalls Stars New LogoDallas Stars (-113)

The Dallas Stars are 5th in the Central Division with 11 points 3 points back of the 1st place Nashville Predators. There seems to be a lot of hype around the Stars this season but I don’t see it. They can score goals averaging 3.6 goals per game but they are also near the bottom of the league in goals against allowing 3.7 goals per game. The Stars are also getting out shot most games as well allowing 32.1 shots against per game while only averaging 29.1 shots on goal so they definitely have some problems on defense. On special teams the Stars have the 4th ranked power play at 25% but they also have just the 25th ranked penalty kill at 78.1%.

Dallas Stars Trends

Stars are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference.
Stars are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest.

Anaheim Ducks (+102)

The Anaheim Ducks are 1st in the Pacific Division with 16 points 2 points up on the 2nd place Vancouver Canucks. With the Boston Bruins struggling and without their leader Zedeno Chara I would say the Ducks are the best team in the league right now. The only thing about the Ducks is that even though they are 8-3 they haven’t had the hardest schedule yet this season apart from the last 3 games where they played San Jose, Chicago, and the St Louis and they only won 1 of those games so I just don’t know if they’re as strong as they seem. On offense the Ducks are averaging 2.73 goals per game which is below average but they are one of the best defensive teams in the league allowing just 1.91 goals per game.

Anaheim Ducks Trends

Ducks are 31-13 in their last 44 vs. a team with a losing record.
Ducks are 24-6 in their last 30 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.

Conclusion

Even though the Ducks have had a fairly easy schedule so far I still think they’re the best team in the league so anytime I can get them as an underdog it’s basically an auto bet so I’m taking the Ducks over the Stars in this one.

Free Pick: Anaheim Ducks +102 at TopBet

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Dean kicks ass at giving simple easy to read sports picks and includes the recent stats on both teams. He specializes in NHL and MLB, but also does NBA and Golf picks.

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