Here is are one for the road and no its not the Pens game. We will have that in a little bit via Twitter. Kevin from NHL Predictions strikes again with his latest for tonight….
Edmonton Oilers @ Dallas Stars – OILERS TO WIN (+128)
(Note: I’m risking 1 unit to win 1.28 units)
The Oilers are coming off of a big 9-2 win on Saturday night at home against the Chicago Blackhawks. This big win came after 4 straight losses, and the Oilers are now 10-7-2. The Oilers have been streaky lately, winning 6 straight before dropping 5 of 6, but now may have their confidence back after Saturday’s huge offensive explosion. The Dallas Stars have dropped 5 straight games coming into tonight, with losses at home against San Jose and Florida and road losses vs Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Colorado. The Stars aren’t losing close games either – they are scoring just 0.80 goals per game over that 5 game span (being shutout twice) and allowing 4.20 against over that same span.
The Stars are 11-8 on the season overall. In net will be a showdown between two of the Western Conferences best goaltenders so far this season. Edmonton’s Nikolai Khabibulin is 8-3-2 on the year with a low 1.76 GAA and .938 SV%. Kari Lehtonen is 11-4 with a 2.44 GAA and .928 SV% for the Stars. Dallas had been outplayed in a lot of their 11 wins, and it seems like things are starting to bounce the other way for the Stars in the current 5 game winning streak. The Stars are getting a little too much credit here and the Oilers are undervalued. I’ll take the Oilers as medium sized underdogs.
Good luck tonight and expect several surprises. Hint we may be picking Pittsburgh tonight…just a hunch.