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Dallas Stars vs Montreal Canadiens Preview

Montreal Canadiens

Dallas Stars
23-14-4 January 02, 2014, 08:30 PM | American Airlines Center 20-12-7

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Montreal duelling Dallas on Thursday at American Airlines Center.

The Stars bring a 20-12-7 record to the battle against the 23-14-4 Canadiens. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Dallas go 19-17-3 so far and the Canadiens go 12-24-5.

View Montreal Canadiens vs Dallas Stars Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Montreal before puck drop in this match found them as 100-moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5, ccording to BetOnline.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Stars rated this week at No. 16 and the Canadiens sitting at No. 21.

Montreal was a 5-4 loser in its last match on the road against the Hurricanes. They lost as -114 favorites, while the total score of 9 made winners of OVER bettors.

Last time out for Dallas, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Kings at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Stars at -115 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game PUSH for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Dallas's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 2.95 goals per game, against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.29 goals allowed. The Stars power play is averaging 12.68% while the Canadiens defense kills off 86.52% of their penalties.

Next up:
Montreal home to Ottawa, Saturday, January 4th
Dallas home to Detroit, Saturday, January 4th