Tampa Bay at Dallas -115 O/U 5.5
The Dallas Stars have a team capable of both making a deep playoff run in the Western Conference or getting bounced in the first round. The reason is their extremely unsteady goaltending which remains a constant concern. The duo of Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen has simply not gotten the job done in recent games with Dallas surrendering 3+ goals in seven of its last 10 including 16 in its last four. Even with the Kris Russell acquisition at the trade deadline which did upgrade the Stars defensively, the team is still struggling overall to keep the puck out of their own net and most importantly, struggling to get timely saves from either of their goalies. Tampa Bay’s simply possess too many weapons for their goal scoring woes to continue much longer. On the flip side, Dallas continues to be the highest scoring team in the NHL (3.2 gpg) and recently have netted 11 goals in three games against some pretty good Western Conference teams in Chicago, St. Louis and Los Angeles. We also have a strong high scoring track record in the recent series between the Lightning and Stars with the last five meetings resulting in 5-3, 5-4, 5-3, 5-2 and 4-2 scores dating back to 2014. A similar result tonight would be no surprise to this bettor.