Having just finished a season-opening four-game homestand, the Dallas Stars (4th in Central Division) go on the road for the first time this year, visiting the Ottawa Senators (5th in Atlantic), who just managed to beat Los Angeles…
Stars Deliver Five-Goal Comeback
The Dallas Stars (3-1-0) hosted an incredible comeback to bank their third win of the new season, beating the Anaheim Ducks with a count of 5-3 at American Airlines Center on Saturday. The visitors took a 3-0 lead midway through the second period, during which the Stars eventually outshot Anaheim 30-4 and netted four consecutive goals in a matter of 6:32 minutes, adding an empty-netter with 1:28 remaining in the final third. Radek Faksa (1 goal, 2 points this year) buried the game’s final snipe, while Alexander Radulov (4 goals, 9 points), Connor Carrick (1 goal, 4 points), Jamie Benn (4 goals, 8 points) and John Klingberg (3 goals, 5 points) netted in the second frame, which set a new Dallas Stars/Minnesota North Stars record for the highest shots differential in a period (26).
Dallas scored three goals in 96 seconds in the season opener. Last night, they scored three goals in two minutes, 47 seconds.
The Stars have the potential to, at times, become the most explosive team in the NHL. https://t.co/PUOf2eDsMy
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 14, 2018
Ex-Boston Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin, who signed with the team as a free agent in the summer, made his first start for the Stars, stopping 22 shots with a save rate of 88.0%. Ben Bishop, though, is expected back in the crease for the trip to Ottawa, having posted a 9-0-4 career total against the Senators with a 2.04 GAA and a .932 save percentage. He is 2-1-0 for the rolling year so far with a 2.35 GAA and a .924 save percentage. The Stars, meanwhile, are scoring the 6th highest number of goals per game (4.25), while conceding the 13th lowest quantity defensively (2.75). They are top of the league in power play with a 54.5% success rate (6-for-11) and 25th in penalty kill with 70.0% proficiency (7-for-10).
Senators Stun Visiting Kings
After opening their current five-game homestand with a 7-4 defeat against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Ottawa Senators (2-2-1) made game No. 2 count, notching a rousing 5-1 victory versus the Los Angeles Kings at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday. The hosts buried three markers in the first period, with Chris Tierney (2 goals, 7 points this year), Chris Wideman (2 goals, 2 points) and Mark Stone (2 goals, 3 points) all on the scoreboard. Colin White (2 goals, 3 points) made it 4-0 midway through the second frame, while Wideman scored his second strike of the night in the final third after the Kings managed to get a goal back with four minutes remaining until the second intermission. Defenseman Thomas Chabot picked up a couple of assists to extend his point streak to five games (2 goals, 6 helpers).
"The other day we had the Justin Timberlake concert and I think every single player was here. They don’t want to leave anybody out, and I think that’s a great thing."#Sens head coach Guy Boucher talks about how the veterans are helping the younger players develop off the ice. pic.twitter.com/9zvEg6VoMH
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) October 14, 2018
Goalie Craig Anderson made 36 saves, taking his current performance status to 2-1-1 for the rolling year with a 3.53 GAA and a .913 save percentage. He has posted a 7-2-0 past record versus Dallas with a 2.98 GAA and a .911 save percentage, while Chabot, who leads Ottawa in points at the moment, has banked an assist in two previous appearances against the Stars. After the first five games of 2018-19, the Senators are sitting 7th in most goals scored per game (4.00), 3rd in most goals conceded on average (4.20), 6th in power play with a 31.3% conversion rate (5-for-16) and 15th in penalty kill with 78.9% effectiveness (15-for-19).
- Senators are 4-0 in their last 4 overall meetings with Stars.
- Stars are 0-8 in their last 8 vs. Atlantic.
- Stars are 2-9 in their last 11 road games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
When Stars impress, they do it with a bang. The thing is, that normally happens only in Dallas. On the road, the team has not really showed its potential lately and has, in fact, lost nine of its past 11 away games. The Senators were struggling on the offense last season, finishing the year 7th from the bottom in most goals scored per game. And while their defense is still shaky, the Sens have improved in scoring this year and are capable of some big surprises throughout the campaign. Especially when hosting an unreliable road team, which has already dropped its past four overall encounters against Ottawa.
Prediction: Ottawa Senators
Full-Game Total Pick
Although the Under has gone 8-3-2 in the last 13 meetings between the two sides in Ottawa, this fixture should see more than five markers on the scoreboard, for sure! The games with the participation of the Senators have already averaged 8.2 goals per contest so far this season, while the last three outings, involving Dallas, have produced 8.3 strikes a game. It smells like a goal-fest!
Prediction: Over 6
Full-Game Prop Bet
Correct score markets in hockey are a goldmine. If, of course, you get them right. And this particular one really does look like finishing with a 3-3 draw in regulation. The last two meetings between the two sides finished as 2-2 ties after the initial 60 minutes. You would, however, expect both of them score at least a regulation-goal more this time around, given the way both teams have started the season. With odds of +875, it is definitely worth a shot.
Prediction: Correct score of 3-3 after 60 minutes (+875)
Half-Time Total Bet
The last three overall contests of both Dallas and Ottawa this season have gone over the total in the first period, with the exact scenario happening in five of the last eight actual meetings between the two sides as well.
Prediction: Over 1.5 (-140)