Tampa Bay Lightning take on Stars in hockey test


Tampa Bay Lightning

Dallas Stars
33-21-5 March 01, 2014, 03:00 PM | American Airlines Center 28-21-10



The visiting Lightning hope for a solid performance on Saturday as they look to steal a win at American Airlines Center against the Dallas Stars.

The Lightning will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 33-21-5 this season, while the Stars are 28-21-10. Tampa Bay is 26-30-3 against the total, while Dallas is 27-27-5 versus the number.

View Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars Odds and Stats.

Hockey odds makers at 5Dimes opened the Stars as -136 moneyline Favorite in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 5.5 at BetOnline.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 6-rated Stars and the No. 5-ranked Lightning, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

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Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Predators on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Predators at -108 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Last time out for Dallas, they were a 4-1 winner as they battled the Hurricanes at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Stars at -137 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Dallas's No. 12-ranked offense (2.85 goals per game) against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 11 at 2.51 goals per game allowed. The Stars powerplay has clicked at a 14.62% rate while the Lightning have a 79.4% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Lightning at Stars trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games on the road
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 5 games
Dallas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Dallas is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games when playing Tampa Bay


Next up:
Tampa Bay at Colorado, Sunday, March 2nd
Dallas home to Buffalo, Monday, March 3rd
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