Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 4/22/2014
Wednesday, April 23, 8:00 PM on CNBC, TSN, RDS2, FSSW
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
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The Dallas Stars were able to take a 2-1 series lead over the Anaheim Ducks with a 3-0 home win thanks to great play from their defense and from goalie Kari Lehtonen. The Ducks outshot the Stars 37-22 in the game, but Lehtonen was a man on a mission and was able to shut them out by making great save after great save.
Jamie Benn scored his second goal of the series with about 30 seconds left in the first period right after he was done serving his penalty. The next goal wasn't scored until nearly a full period later when right winger Valeri Nichushkin scored off assists from Tyler Seguin and Colton Sceviour. Ryan Garbutt was able to put the Ducks away with a third period tally that came off assists by Cody Eakin and Antoine Roussel.
It seemed to be the plan of the Stars to frustrate Anaheim's top offensive players in this game. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, who scored a combined 74 goals during the regular season, were more involved in fights during the game than putting the puck on net. Getzlaf had just one shot on goal and Perry had three.
Coming off two straight games where his save percentage was under .890, Kari Lehtonen really stepped up for the home team. Many of his saves came during the Ducks' five power play opportunities, and that seemed to help his team grab the momentum.
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
04/21/14 LW Matt Beleskey Lower Body questionable Wednesday vs. Dallas
04/21/14 D Stephane Robidas Leg out indefinitely
04/18/14 RW Tim Jackman Hand out indefinitely
04/01/14 D Mark Fistric Lower Body out indefinitely
04/21/14 D Brenden Dillon Lower Body questionable Wednesday vs. Anaheim
03/10/14 C Rich Peverley Heart out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Anaheim
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