Two clubs that split their head-to-head series one win apiece last year, the Dallas Stars and the New York Rangers face off at Madison Square Garden. This East-West matchup will get started at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, February 3 and it can be seen live on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.
Dallas Stars vs. New York Rangers Odds
Playing the role of favorite will be Dallas (-135), while New York is an underdog showing moneyline odds of +115, and oddsmakers at PointsBet have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. If gamblers want to put some action on the matchup’s total, they’ll be looking at odds of -115 money on the over and -105 on the under.
Dallas is 29-22 straight up (SU) and has earned 3.5 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 51 regular season matches, 32 of its games have gone under the total, while 17 have gone over and just two have pushed. The Stars are 13-12 SU on the road in 2019-20.
Dallas has converted on just 18.5 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s ranked 23rd in the NHL. On the other hand, it has the third-strongest penalty kill in the league, and it’s successfully killed off 83.9 percent of its penalties.
Dallas, as a collective unit, has been whistled for penalties 3.6 times per game overall this season, 3.4 per game over its past five outings total, and 3.6 per game over its last five games as the visiting team. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 8.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 26.9 saves per game with a .925 save percentage, Ben Bishop (20-15-3) has been the primary option in goal for Dallas this season. If it chooses to rest him, however, head coach Rick Bowness could turn to Anton Khudobin (11-9-1), who has a .927 save percentage and 2.30 goals against average this year.
Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Stars. Seguin (37 points) has tallied 11 goals and 26 assists, and has recorded two or more points in nine different games. Radulov has 15 goals and 15 assists to his name (and has registered a point in 19 games).
On the other side of the rink, New York is 25-25 straight up (SU) and has earned 6.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 50 regular season outings, 25 of its games have gone under the total, while 23 have gone over and just two have pushed. This year, the team is 14-12 SU at home.
New York has converted on 22.2 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 21st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 79.0 percent of all opponent power plays.
New York players have been sent to the penalty box 4.5 times per game this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five at home. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 4.8 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Henrik Lundqvist (29.3 saves per game) has been the top selection in the crease for New York. Lundqvist has 10 wins, 16 losses, and three OT losses and has registered a mediocre 3.05 goals against average and a .910 save percentage this season.
The Broadway Blueshirts offense will be led by Artemi Panarin (27 goals, 43 assists).
Dallas Stars at New York Rangers Betting Predictions
NHL Prediction: SU Winner – Stars, O/U – Over
New York is 0-2 in games decided by shootout. Dallas is 2-2 in shootouts.
The total has gone under in four of New York’s last five games.
Dallas has managed 28.6 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while New York is averaging 37.2 shots per game over its last five home outings.
Six of New York’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 4-2 overall in those games.
Dallas skaters notched 22.7 hits per game last season, while the Rangers logged 26.0 hits per contest.