Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 4/26/2014
Sunday, April 27, 8:00 PM on NBCS, TSN2, RDS2, FSSW
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
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There's a common theme going on in the Ducks/Stars opening round series and if it holds true we could be headed to a 7th game. So far the home team has won each of the first 5 games as Anaheim holds a 3-2 series lead with Dallas fighting to push for a decisive Tuesday game.
The Stars outscored Anaheim 7-2 over games 3 and 4 in the American Airlines Center. Their most well-rounded game was April 21st, headed back home facing an 0-2 deficit wherein Kari Lehtonen put the squad on his shoulder pads and stopped 37 Ducks shots for a 3-0 shutout. The Stars' Jamie Benn has been the offensive star so far, scoring a point in each of his first 5 career playoff games, a franchise first since 1980. Dallas needs C Ryan Garbutt to stay on the ice to beat Anaheim after he received a 5 minute major and game misconduct just 9:11 into the 1st period of Game 5.
The teams as a whole have gotten pretty chippy lately, notching 27 total penalties in Game 5 following 18 in Game 4. Things bode well for the Ducks as they're 3-0 in the series when captain Ryan Getzlaf plays. Getzlaf missed games 3 and 4 in Dallas after suffering an upper body injury and promptly had a goal and 2 assists in his return in game 5.
The team that's favored has won every game thus far, which swings upward for the Stars who are listed at -109.
Anaheim is 25-16 straight up on the road this season
Anaheim is 22-17-2 against the over/under on the road this season
Dallas is 23-18 straight up at home this season
Dallas is 19-18-3 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
10/30/13 RW Nick Sorensen Concussion out indefinitely
10/01/13 D Sheldon Souray Wrist out for season
04/25/14 D Hampus Lindholm Concussion questionable
04/24/14 LW Matt Beleskey Lower Body questionable
04/23/14 C Ryan Getzlaf Upper Body questionable
04/21/14 D Stephane Robidas Leg out for season
04/18/14 RW Tim Jackman Hand out indefinitely
03/10/14 C Rich Peverley Heart out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Dallas
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