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Dallas Stars at Washington Capitals NHL Betting Preview

March 20, 2017 NHL Hockey

The following are the NHL betting odds for tonight’s Dallas Stars at Washington Capitals game at the Verizon Center. The Stars have won 10 of the last 11 games versus the Caps, but fans who bet on hockey should not let that fact sway them. After all, Dallas is one of the worst road teams in the league with a goals per game differential of -1.27 away from the American Airlines Center.

Stars      +1½ (-130) 5½ (-125) +215 
Capitals -1½ (+110) 5½ (+105) -255

The Stars are coming off a 2-1 win over the Panthers on Saturday. Jamie Benn scored at 11:01 of the first period and John Klingberg scored the game-winning goal with 1:07 remaining to snap a six-road game losing streak. Kari Lehtonen made a season-best 41 saves, including three in a seven-second period in the third. This was only Dallas’ eight road win this regular season. the Stars also won their first game without forward Antoine Roussel, who injured his hand in a loss to the Islanders and will be out anywhere from 6-8 weeks to the rest of the season. In light of this, Dallas recalled forward Remi Elie from the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League. In trends for fans who like to bet on hockey, the Stars are 2-5 against the NHL betting spread in the last seven games on the road and 1-6 SU in the last seven games on the road. The total has gone over in six of Dallas’s last eight games when playing on the road against the Caps.

The Capitals are coming off a 2-1 win over the Flyers on Saturday. Dmitry Orlov scored the first goal for the Caps and Nicklas Backstrom scored on the power play with 1:35 left in overtime for the Capitals’ 15th straight home win. Braden Holtby made 30 saves in his 34th W of the season. Washington has won three games in a row and is 16-0-1 in their last 17 home games. The Caps will start a three-game homestand as well as run during which they will meet Western Conference opponents in each of their next six games and in 11 of their next 13. Washington has lost five consecutive games to the Stars at Verizon Center by a combined margin of 20 to 9. The last time the Capitals beat the Stars at home was in 2006. The Caps are 3-10-1 at home versus the Stars since the latter moved from Minnesota. Right wing T.J. Oshie returned to the lineup following a four-game absence on Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers, and both Brooks Orpik Matt Niskanen returned on Thursday against NJ. In trends for fans who like to bet on hockey, Washington is 10-3 against the NHL betting spread in the last 13 games at home and 0-5 SU in the last five games when playing at home against Dallas. The total has gone over in four of Washington’s last five games when playing against the Stars. The Caps have allowed only 25.8 shots on average per home game this regular season.

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