San Jose At Dallas NHL Lines, Expert Pick & TV Info
While there are still several playoff spots open in each of the conferences in the NHL, there are only a select number of teams with a shot at actually making it in. There is a group of teams that are still mathematically alive, but who are realistically nothing more than potential spoilers. One of the teams that falls into that category are the Dallas Stars, who are probably just a loss or two away from being officially eliminated from playoff contention. Like all the teams in their position, they ae now playing for pride, and also for jobs next season. The Stars have been one of the best teams in the league for a few years, and you get the feeling that big changes may be coming in the offseason. Dallas will have a chance to play a bit of a spoiler role when they welcome in the San Jose Sharks on Friday night. The Sharks are looking to lock up the Pacific Division, but may be forced to wait a little longer if they lose this one. Find out more about the updated NHL betting odds here.
In Depth Analysis On The Sharks At Stars NHL Lines, Expert Pick & TV Info
When: Friday, March 24 at 8:30 PM EST
Where: SAP Center, San Jose
TV: CSNCAL and FSSW
Live Stream: NHL.TV
NHL Odds: TBA
Why bet on the San Jose Sharks
Just a week or so ago, the San Jose Sharks (42-24-7) looked like a lock to win the Pacific Division, but a 4-game losing skid has seen their lead at the top cut to just 2 points. Given how tight that division race is, the Sharks could potentially drop to 3rd over the weekend if they don’t start picking up some wins. Given how good this team is defensively, it should only be a matter of time before they start shutting down the opposition again. Being on the road is certainly not an issue for this group, as they are sporting a healthy 19-14-3 road record this season. In the two games versus Dallas this season, the Sharks have outscored the Stars 5-2, but still only managed a split.
Why bet on the Dallas Stars
The Dallas Stars (29-33-10) have been a stunning disappointment this season, and are probably just 1 loss away from being officially eliminated from playoff contention. This is not just a regression, but rather a total drop off from what we have become used to seeing from this team. They are in the middle of the pack in scoring, but are at or near the bottom in goals against and in special teams. That is not what anyone would call a formula for success. The Stars did manage to blank the Sharks 1-0 in their last meeting, and they are also a decent enough 19-12-6 on home ice, so let’s not count them out completely.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I expect the Sharks to break out of this slump in a big way before the end of the season, and would not be surprised to see a return to form start with this game.