- Late Goal Could Inspire Stars
- Canucks No Pushover
- Stars Offense Remains Cold
- Canucks vs Stars Game Injuries
- Canucks vs Stars Head-to-Head
- Canucks vs Stars Game Information
- Canucks vs Stars Betting Lines
- Canucks vs Stars Picks and Prediction
- Canucks vs Stars Trends
- Canucks vs Stars Edge
- Canucks vs Stars Results
- Canucks vs Stars Game Summary
Late Goal Could Inspire Stars
The Dallas Stars aim to put a halt to a puzzling four-game losing streak at home when they host the injury-plagued Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.
The Stars won just two of 10 games and dropped five in a row overall before Roope Hintz scored with 38 seconds left in regulation and clinched a 3-2 win in the shootout at the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.
Despite leading the Central Division, the Stars have managed seven goals while going 0-3-1 in their last four at home.
Vancouver is 5-6-2 since Rick Tocchet took over as coach after a 3-1 loss to league-leading Boston on Saturday. The Canucks rank second to last in the NHL in goals-against (3.97) and at the bottom in penalty killing (66.3 percent).
According to the NHL conference odds, the Stars are +650 to win the West (fourth) and Vancouver is +25000.
Canucks No Pushover
Vancouver has been competitive lately, despite abundant injuries and trade winds swirling around the franchise.
The Canucks, who could be without as many as nine regulars with injuries Monday, gave the New York Rangers all they could handle in a 6-4 road loss on Feb. 15 and have earned points in three of four games (2-1-1) since.
Former first-round pick Vitali Kravtsov could join the lineup after being acquired from the Rangers on Saturday.
The Canucks are in the top third of the league in goals per game. The over is 34-18 in Canucks contests and 4-1-1 in the last six against a team with a winning record – according to NHL betting lines.
Center Elias Pettersson, one of the lone untouchables before Friday’s trade deadline, leads the team with 75 points – nine goals and 10 assists in his past 11 contests.
Stars Offense Remains Cold
The win in Vegas was just the third in 11 games overall for the Stars, leaning on their defense to get the job done.
Dallas, which stands in the middle of the NHL pack at 3.19 goals per game, has managed just 10 during its current 1-3-2 stretch and averaged only two over their past 11 contests.
All-Star forward Jason Robertson continues to shine with seven of his 73 points in his past eight games, while Jamie Benn has posted four of his 51 in the last two contests for the Stars, but they need more from others.
Veteran Joe Pavelski has not scored a goal in 15 games and Tyler Seguin owns just one since Jan. 19. In addition, Dallas is 1-for-26 on the power play in an eight-game span. The Stars dealt struggling Denis Gurianov (two goals, nine points, 43 games) to Montreal for fellow forward Evgenii Dadonov (four, 18, 50) on Saturday.
The Last Vegas NHL odds total has gone under in nine of the past 10 Dallas home games and is 36-19 overall on the season.
Canucks vs Stars Game Injuries
Canucks vs Stars Head-to-Head
Dallas faces the Canucks three times in the next month after dropping all three meetings last season, outscored 16-6.
Vancouver has won in four of its last five trips to Dallas and the over is 4-1-0 in the past five meetings, but this is a different Canucks team.
The Stars own a big advantage in goal with Vezina Trophy candidate Jake Oettinger (24-8-9), who sits among the league leaders in goals-against (2.23) and save percentage (.926). Vancouver has been without No.1 goalie Thatcher Demko since Dec. 1 with a lower-body injury.
According to NHL betting lines, the over is 34-18 in Vancouver games this season.
Canucks vs Stars Game Information
- Game: Canucks (23-31-5) vs Stars (31-16-12)
- Day/Time: Monday, Feb. 27, 8:30 p.m. ET
- Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
- Canucks vs Stars Live stream: NHL.TV
Canucks vs Stars Betting Lines
Canucks vs Stars Picks and Prediction
Dallas was headed for another demoralizing loss in Vegas before a nifty pass by Robertson and a quick screenshot by Hintz changed its fortunes.
The Stars should ride that high back home, where they had earned points in 21 of 26 games before their recent 0-3-1 slide. Vancouver has played relatively well against their Pacific Division foes (10-5-0) but owns just five wins in 14 games against Central teams.
If you are betting online, expect the Stars to shine against the Canucks whether Oettinger or backup Scott Wedgewood gets the call in net.
The Dallas is listed at -280 in our Las Vegas NHL odds. This means that if you wager $100 on Stars, you have a chance to win $36. The Vancouver is +240 offering a chance to win $240 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Dallas a 73.68% chance to win, with Canucks at 29.41%.