I’m still laughing at that Bruins loss from this past weekend. Cost us a 3-1 day. I think it’s about time for some icy hot.
Moving on to Monday…
Stars -120 @ Canucks
The Canucks are off to a 6-3-1 start somehow, but they will likely meet their match tonight against Ben Bishop and the surging Stars. Dallas’ 6-5 record does not stand out as anything special, but the poor goaltending which plagued them a year ago seems an afterthought. Bishop has not shined on the road (1-2, 4.43 GAA, .867 SV%), but a depleted Vancouver team should not strike fear in anyone.
The Canucks are without Alexander Edler and Troy Stecher on defense, while ex-Dallas winger Loui Eriksson is still out with a bad knee. Dallas is in a really nice groove right now, as they have connected on five of eight power play opportunities over their last two game, which shot them up to tops in the league. More importantly, the Stars’ penalty kill has been tenacious over their last seven games, as Dallas has killed off all 21 attempts while shorthanded.
The Stars have dominated this series over the years, having picked up at least a point in the last 13 meetings. Dallas has yet to really get going at even strength, but their 54.62 SCF% at 5-on-5 ranks second best in the Western Conference. The Stars road woes last year combined with Vancouver’s surprising start has created a lot of value in this line.
Fair Odds: Stars -135