Every new NHL betting season brings with it things that we would expect to happen, as well as a few surprises that totally blindside us. Those tend to take a little time to develop, but even in this early part of the season, there are a couple of surprises that we didn’t see coming. The Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins have both delivered a few shocks, and those two teams will hook up in Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
Stars @ Penguins: NHL Betting Preview
Date: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
Venue: Consol Energy Centre
Opening Line: Pittsburgh -127
— NHL (@NHL) October 22, 2015
The Dallas Stars (5-1-0) made a few changes in the offseason, but they did little to bolster a defense or goalie tandem that most viewed as suspect. Their goals per game average is in the top 10 after their first 6 games, as is their penalty killing unit. Those are very pleasant surprises for a team that many believed would have to rely on their stellar offense in order to be competitive in the tough Central Division. That offense has very much lived up to the hype, scoring 3.5 goals per game, and leading a power play that is hitting with a 30% efficiency. Jamie Benn has been magnificent so far, notching 6 goals and 4 assists through the first 6 games. As expected, Tyler Seguin is leading the way with assists, and shares the point total lead for the Stars with Benn.
The Pittsburgh Penguins (3-3-0) have also been a surprise so far this season, as they have been getting it done on defense as opposed to lighting it upon offense. When you have so many great weapons on the attacking side of the ice, it is just assumed that the goals will come naturally, but that has not been the case for Pittsburgh. Malkin, Crosby, and Kessel have combined for just 6 goals so far, which has to be considered a real disappointment. You get the feeling that they will figure this all out at some point, and the hope then will be that the defense continues to play as it has been so far. The Pens are second in the NHL with just 1.8 goals per game allowed, and Marc-Andre Fleury has a stellar 1.83 GAA. If they can get the offense rolling and stay tight in defense, the Penguins will be a very dangerous team indeed.
Key Betting Trends
Dallas is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas’s last 5 games
Dallas is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Dallas’s last 17 games on the road
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh’s last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pittsburgh’s last 10 games at home
Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games when playing Dallas
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
These two teams met in the opening game of the season, and it was Dallas who came away with the 3-0 win. That victory extended the Stars win streak over Pittsburgh to 3 games, but I think that will be broken on Thursday, as I like the Penguins to win a tight one.