Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars Preview & Prediction

There are positives and negatives to be found when talking about the All-Star Break from the perspective of the players. For those who were voted in, it’s certainly fun to be recognized by the fans and to take part in the festivities. For the rest of the players, it’s a chance to get some rest and maybe take care of some niggling injuries. Those are the positives, but the negative aspect of the break is that it can prove to be detrimental to a team that went into All-Star weekend on a hot run of form. Are those teams going to be able to pick right up where they left off or will the momentum have already been killed? Only time will tell. The Tampa Bay Lightning were one of the teams that were red hot before the break, so they will certainly be hoping that they can jump back in and get right back to winning ways on Monday night. They will be on the road to face a Dallas Stars team that was just starting to hit a losing streak. The Lightning come into this one favored by 1 ½, with the goal total set at 5 ½.

When: Monday, January 27 at 8 PM EST
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas
TV: NBCSN
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Why bet on the Tampa Bay Lightning

It took the Lightning a little time to really get started this season, especially when you consider that they came into the season as one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup. They have been hot of late, though, winning 8 of their last 10 games to get to 29-15-4 on the season. That record gives them 62 points, which leaves them 8 points back of the Boston Bruins at the top of the Atlantic Division. The Lightning will head into Dallas with a 14-8-2 road record, and while they lost to the Stars earlier this season, they are still 5-1 SU versus Dallas in their last 6 meetings. They have been good against teams from the Western Conference of late, winning 4 of their last 5.

Why bet on the Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars were perhaps ready for the All-Star Break to come, as they went into the weekend on a 2-game losing skid. That said, those 2 games aside, the Stars have been playing very good hockey of late, going 7-3-0 in their last 10 games. That run has helped the Stars go to 27-17-4 on the season, which is good enough for 3rd in the Central Division. They have a 3-point cushion in their current spot, which would keep them out of the Wild Card race if they can maintain that top 3 status through the second half of the season. Dallas have been tough to beat at home, going 15-7-2 on the year, although just 11-13 ATS in those games. The Stars beat Tampa 4-3 on the road in their earlier meetings this season.

 

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

 

While they may have lost the earlier meeting with the Stars this season, Tampa still have a very good recent record against Dallas, going 6-2-2 in their last 10 meetings. I think they grind out the win in a low scoring affair.

 

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