Stars at Washington 2010 Hockey Betting action

Hockey stats favors Washington on Monday as they host the Dallas Stars in a game that can be seen on Versus television. The Capitals have the best record in the league and they should be a popular NHL betting choice considering they have won 13 straight at home.

Hockey betting has seen the Capitals win three straight overall while the Stars have lost three in a row.  The Capitals are coming off a 2-0 shutout against the Rangers on Saturday.  Jose Theodore made 30 saves for his first shutout since March 17th.  He has been very good of late, stopping 53 of his last 54 shots in his last two starts. “He’s brimming with confidence,” Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We hope he can keep it.”

Washington isn’t scoring as many goals lately as NHL leading scorer Alex Ovechkin has not scored in six straight games. Ovechkin leads the NHL with 90 points while his teammate Niklas Backstrom is right behind at fifth in points with 77. “They’re just off by, like, half a second,” Boudreau said, “Their timing since coming back from the Olympics has just been a little off. But you know they’re going to catch on. It’s going to happen, sooner or later. I’m not worried about them. It says an awful lot for the rest of the players that they can score while two of your best players are not.”

Dallas has been a mess in hockey betting since coming back from the Olympic break. They have lost three straight games by a combined 17-5. They were blown out 6-3 at Pittsburgh on Saturday in hockey betting. “Every mistake we seem to make now just ends up in our net, so it’s magnified 1,000 times,” center Mike Modano said.   Goaltender Marty Turco has not played well but he is 3-0-1 with a 2.31 GAA in five career appearances against the Capitals.

The Stars are 2-5 in their last 7 Monday games. The Stars are 6-20 in their last 26 road games. The Stars are 1-7 in NHL betting in their last 8 vs. the Eastern Conference.

The Capitals are 66-24 in their last 90 home games. The Capitals are 11-5 in their last 16 Monday games. The Capitals are 11-24 in their last 35 vs. the Pacific Division.

Seven of the last nine Washington games have gone over the hockey betting total. Six of the last seven meetings between Dallas and Washington have gone over