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Dallas Stars vs. Los Angeles Kings NHL Betting Odds & Pick from Mike Lundin: February 22nd 2018

| February 22, 2018

Dallas Stars vs. Los Angeles Kings
NHL Betting Pick: Dallas +110 odds (February 22nd 2018)

The LA Kings are just back home from a seven-game trip which concluded with three straight victories, at Buffalo, Chicago and Winnipeg, but I think they’ll come up short here when they host the Dallas Stars Thursday night.

Dallas will be looking to avoid getting swept on this three-game California road trip after losses at San Jose and Anaheim. The Stars will play on no rest, but it’s a tough spot for the Kings as well as they’ll play their third game in four nights.

The Kings are just 4-10 in their last 14 vs. a team with a winning record, and we can note that the Stars are 4-1 in the last five meetings in LA. I think we’re getting a very attractive price on the road team in this contest.

My free pick is on Dallas Stars ML.

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St. Louis Blues vs. Dallas Stars NHL Over-Under Betting Pick from Will Rogers: February 16th 2018

| February 16, 2018

St. Louis Blues vs. Dallas Stars
NHL Over-Under Betting Pick: Over 5.5 goals (February 16th 2018)

The set-up: The Dallas Stars lost 6-0  at home to the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday and after taking four days off to regroup, will host the St. Louis Blues tonight. The 33-20-4 Stars had won five in a row and were coming off a shootout win over two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh prior to getting flattened by Vancouver, the second-worst team in the Western Conference. The 34-21-4 Blues will also be trying to rebound from a crushing defeat, having blown a three-goal, third-period lead in a 4-3 overtime loss at Central-leading Nashville on Tuesday night. Dallas (70 points) will try to wrest third place from St. Louis (72 points) in tonight’s contest, as it has two games in hand.

St. Louis: Alex Steen stayed hot when he scored once and set up another tally against the Predators to give him 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) over his past 13 games (Steen has 13 goals and 37 points on the season).  Vladimir Tarasenko has scored in four consecutive games against the Stars and has 13 tallies in 21 games against them and with 51 points (23 goals), trails only center Brayden Schenn (23 goals & 54 points) among St. Louis players. Head coach Mike Yeo did not say whether Jake Allen or Carter Hutton would in goal against Dallas before his team departed Thursday afternoon. Allen is 19-16-2 (2.74 GAA & .909), while Hutton has outperformed him this season (15-5-2, 1.81 GAA & .940).

Dallas: “We got embarrassed in our building. It’s frustrating. It’s disappointing,” acknowledged captain Jamie Benn of Dallas after Sunday’s loss to the Canucks. Benn (21 goals & 52 points) is one point behind the team’s scoring leader, Alexander Radulov (21 goals & 53 points). Center Tyler Seguin leads the team with 29 goals. Head coach Ken Hitchcock, fired a year ago by St. Louis, could get a key cog back on his blue line with the expected return of defenseman Marc Methot, who has appeared in just one game since Nov. 6 due to a knee injury.

The pick: There are no significant secrets between the St. Louis Blues and the Dallas Stars, which should be expected when the teams share the same division and play five times each season. The Blues won the first two meetings this season (extending their winning streak to five in a row over the Stars), before the Stars ended the streak with a 4-2 win on Dec. 29 in Dallas. The Blues are 15-9-4 on the road (not bad) but the Stars are tough in Dallas, where they are 20-9-1 and averaging 3.23 GPG.That said, I’m not quite sure I trust goalie Bishop, off him allowing Vancouver four goals on 20 shots before being pulled against the sad-sack Canucks. Play the Over.