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NHL Betting: Stars vs. Avalanche

The Dallas Stars will be trying to snap a two-game slide when they face off against the Colorado Avalanche in NHL betting action on Monday night.

Colorado (10-12-1) and Dallas (13-9-1) have split two games head-to-head this season, with each team winning at home. Oddsmakers at 5Dimes will likely favor the Avalanche at home, where they shut out the Stars 3-0 already this month.

The Stars will be without goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who suffered a groin injury over the weekend. That alone could sway bettors toward favoring the Avalanche on the NHL betting lines.

Dallas has won three of the last four head-to-head and some underdog wagers will go their way on the NHL odds board. Dallas needs to be aware of the Avalanche's power play, which is second best in the league, while the Stars give up the third most power plays in the NHL.

In NHL betting action on Tuesday it’s the league-leading Pittsburgh Penguins (14-6-4) up against the division-rival New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers should be home favorites in this contest at 5Dimes, as they have compiled a solid 6-1-1 record at home thus far. Meanwhile, five of the six Penguins losses have come on the road.

New York allows the third-fewest goals per game in the NHL and they will need another performance like that to hold off the likes of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on Tuesday.

Boston will take its strong play into Toronto for a Northeast Division confrontation in NHL betting action at 5Dimes on Wednesday night. This is the third meeting between the teams this season.

The Bruins and Maple Leafs are battling for first in the division, and the Bruins have beaten Toronto twice this year. However, the Maple Leafs did win three straight against Boston prior to dropping those games.

Boston is the toughest team to score on in the league, so the second-best power play might need to be the difference if the Maple Leafs are to change the outcome this time around.

Five straight contests between these teams have made winners of OVER bettors in totals betting.