7* Thursday NHL MTL/DAL
Montreal vs. Dallas,
01/02/2014 20:30 EDT,
Score: 6 - 4
Money Line: -121 Dallas
The Dallas Stars host the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. Dallas is coming off a 3-2 win over Los Angeles, while Montreal fell to Carolina their last time out, 5-4 in overtime.
Dallas has quietly done a stellar job of defending their home ice of late. The team is 4-0-1 in their last five home games, with the lone loss coming in overtime against the always tough St. Louis Blues.
That stretch of wins also includes victories over top teams like Vancouver and Los Angeles.
The team has also been quite strong overall in their last seven games, winning five of them, with both losses coming after the completion of regulation against top Western Conference teams.
A big part of that success has come from the team’s play between the pipes. In their last five home games the Stars have surrendered an average of just 1.6 goals per game in regulation.
Looking back at the earlier meeting between these clubs this season, Montreal may have come away with a 2-1 victory, but a closer look shows that the Canadiens received three power plays to the Stars’ one, and yet Dallas was still able to outshoot Montreal.
The Canadiens have just one win in their last seven trips to Dallas.
Good Luck, Razor Ray
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