Dallas Holding Down Top Wild Card
With just seven games left this season, the Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks face off for the third and final time on Monday in an important game for both. The Stars are looking to move closer to a playoff spot while the Canucks are looking to avoid getting eliminated.
The Stars are fifth in the Central Division with 91 points, which has them in the top wild card spot for the playoffs. The Canucks are the fifth-place team in the Pacific Division with 84 points and just seven points back from a wild card spot. Vancouver has won five straight games overall and four in a row at home.
Dallas Needs to Find the Back of the Net
The Dallas Stars have been an interesting team to follow as 37-year-old Joe Pavelski and 22-year-old Jason Robertson lead them in points and goals, respectively. With a chance to inch closer to a playoff spot, the Stars will need these two to get involved.
Going 3-1-1 in their last five games, the Stars will be looking to catch fire and build some momentum heading into the playoffs. In those five games, the Stars have struggled to find the net, scoring just 12 goals for an average of 2.40 goals, which is below their season average of 2.87.
On the other end of the ice, the Stars have allowed 11 goals in the last five games (2.20), which is an improvement compared to their overall season GAA of 2.92. Jake Oettinger will likely get the start in this game. He has allowed 13 goals in his last five starts for a GAA of 2.60 compared to his 2.49 season GAA.
Canucks on Fire
Like their opponent, the Vancouver Canucks have been an interesting team to watch as they are still in the hunt, sitting seven points out of a playoff spot with just seven games to go. Playing some of the best hockey they’ve played all year, will this team be able to keep this up?
The Canucks are currently on a five-game winning streak. They have scored 26 goals for an average of 5.20 during the streak. This is a big improvement compared to their season average of 2.95 goals scored per game. On the defensive end, they have allowed just nine goals in the five games.
The Canucks haven’t been all too lucky lately as they just announced that captain and leading goal scorer Bo Horvat will be out the rest of the season with a lower-body injury. Horvat joins Nils Hoglander and Brock Boeser (who could return Monday) on the injury report at a time when wins are a must.
Stars vs Canucks Head-to-Head
The Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks have played each other twice this season – in November and March. Both games resulted in three-goal victories for the Canucks. The Canucks will be looking for the season sweep.
In the 6-3 win, the Canucks were the moneyline favorite while they were the underdogs in the 4-1 victory in March. The over/under is an even 1-1 between these two teams.
Stars vs Canucks Game Information
- Game: Stars (43-27-5) vs Canucks (37-28-10)
- Location: Rogers Arena, Vancouver
- Day/Time: Monday, April 18th. 10:30 p.m. ET
- Stars vs Canucks Live Stream: NHL.TV
Stars vs Canucks Betting Lines
Stars vs Canucks Prediction
The NHL betting lines for this game are very close but currently have the Vancouver Canucks as the moneyline favorites at -105. Looking at the last five games and overall season totals, it is fair to point out that the Canucks have been the better team. They are scoring more and allowing fewer goals with their main weakness on the penalty kill.
Winners of five straight overall and four straight at home,, hop on the Canucks train as it is uncertain when they will stop. With Boeser potentially coming back, look for him to slide right into Bo Horvat’s place and keep the goals coming. The Canucks are right on the edge of the playoffs so look for them to use that as extra encouragement to win.
Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Canucks at -105 as they look to keep their streaks alive and complete the season series sweep.