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Stars Struggling on Home Ice

Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning Jamie Benn Dallas Stars NHL

The Dallas Stars are picking a bad time to start slipping up on home ice. Luckily for them the other teams around the top of the Central Division - the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks – are struggling to win hockey games as well. The Stars will look to snap a two-game losing skid at home when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday evening.

Shark Bites
  • The Stars are 1-5 SU in their last six games versus teams with winning records.
  • The Lightning are 7-2 SU in their last games on the road.
  • The total has gone OVER in the previous five meetings between these two teams.

The Stars are presently -125 in moneyline markets at online shop Bovada while the visiting Lightning are -105. The total is currently tabbed at 5.5 goals with OVER priced at -120 and UNDER -110.

Thanks to everyone losing games, the Stars are still tied with the Blues with 91 points atop the Central. The Blackhawks trail at 88 points thanks to a four-game skid.

Losses to the Blues (5-4) and the Los Angeles Kings (5-2) in their two most recent home games have fuelled a 2-6 SU mark in the Stars’ last eight games at the American Airlines Center.

For totals bettors, OVER is 4-0 in the Stars’ previous four at home thanks to a whopping 7.25 goals scored per game in those four.

The Bolts are battling both the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division and sit two points behind the former for the top spot. They have lost four of five and are coming off a rough 4-1 loss at the Toronto Maple Leafs their last time out.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Dallas Stars as -130 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL betting matchup earlier. The over under total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at Bet365.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Stars to win this game 3-2.2. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 40-25-5 this season, while the Stars are 41-21-9. Tampa Bay is 27-35-8 on the totals; Dallas is 40-30-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Dallas vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 18-rated Tampa Bay Lightning taking on the No. 9-rated Dallas Stars in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Dallas Stars No. 1-ranked offense (3.23 goals per game) against a Tampa Bay Lightning defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.39 goals per game allowed. The Stars powerplay has clicked at a 22.57% rate while the Lightning have a 83.57% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 4-1 result against the Maple Leafs on March 15. Bettors who backed the Maple Leafs at +161 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Dallas was a 5-2 loser at home against the Kings. Bettors on Los Angeles at -103 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
  • Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 11 games
  • Tampa Bay is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • Dallas is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Dallas's last 7 games
  • Dallas is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay at Arizona, Saturday, March 19th
Dallas home to New York, Saturday, March 19th