The Colorado Avalanche (24-11-3) travel to face off against the Dallas Stars (22-10-4) on Thursday, January 4th. This game will be played at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Avalanche are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Stars are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Canadiens. Puck drop is set for 8:00 ET.
Colorado Avalanche vs Dallas Stars
The Colorado Avalanche Are Coming Off A Win
This season, the Avalanche have a mark of 24-11-3. When going on the road, Colorado has a record of 8-7-3 record, while they are 16-4-0 at their home arena. Their current record places them 1st in the Western Central division and 2nd in the Western conference. Colorado heads into the game with 18 wins by more than one goal, and lost eight games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record this season is 18-20.
The Avalanche recently hosted the Islanders and emerged victorious with a 5-4 win. Against the Islanders, the Avalanche’s offense scored in all three periods. Of Colorado’s five goals, two came while in power play. They ended the game with 39 shots on goal and had three giveaways.
Colorado’s straight-up victory didn’t translate to covering the puck line in the game, despite being favored by -1.5. The over/under line going into the game was 6.5 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 9 goals.
The Dallas Stars Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
As they head into their game vs. the Avalanche, the Stars have a 22-10-4 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 12-6-1, and they have 10-4-3 mark on the road. At the moment, they hold the 3rd spot in the Western Central division and are ranked 5th in the Western conference. Dallas has nine wins by more than one goals and dropped six games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 12-24 this season.
The Stars are looking to bounce back from a 4-3 loss at home to the Canadiens. Against the Canadiens, the Stars scored one goal in the first period and two times in the 3rd period. All three goals came at even strength. They finished with 33 shots on goal and had 4 turnovers.
Dallas took a loss against the puck line, going into the game as the favorites with a -1.5-point advantage. The combined total of 7 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals for the game.
Colorado Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Avalanche come into the game at 3.6 goals per contest placing 2nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 4th position in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Avalanche offense is 3rd in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 7th in the NHL.
This season, the Avalanche have an over/under record of 20-16-2. Throughout the season, they have played 20 games that went over the 6.5 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is 6.7 per game.
Dallas Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Stars are averaging 3.6 goals per game this season, putting them in the 5th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 21st in the league. Looking at how the Stars’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 18th in power play goals and 5th in shorthanded goals.
So far, the Stars have an over/under record of 23-13-0. Coming into the game, they have played 23 games that went beyond the 6.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, had 6.7 goals per game.
Colorado Team Defense
Defensively, the Avalanche come into the season ranked 22nd in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 28.6 shots per game against Colorado. For the season, they are ranked 23rd in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.
Dallas Team Defense
The Stars defense is currently 23rd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30 shots per game against Dallas. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 27th with 1 shutouts.
Avalanche vs Stars Trends
- In their last five games away from home, the Avalanche have a straight up record of 1-4 while going 0-5 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 2 goals per game in these contests.
- Through their last three home contests, the Stars offense has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing an average of 2. Dallas posted an overall record of 1-2 while going 0-3 ATS.
- As the betting underdog, the Stars have an puck line record of 5-0 in their last five games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 3-2.
- In their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Avalanche have a straight up record of 8-2 and an puck line mark of 5-5.
For a moneyline pick, I’m taking the Stars to pick up on a win over the Avalanche at home. With the moneyline sitting at -131, I’ll be locking in a bet on the Stars straight-up.
For my recommended choice in the puck line, I’m leaning towards the Avalanche to cover. Even if the Stars secure a straight-up win, this game is expected to be tightly contested, and the Avalanche should cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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