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Tampa Bay Lightning home to Stars in hockey betting action

Dallas Stars

Tampa Bay Lightning
37-28-11 April 05, 2014, 07:00 PM | St. Pete Times Forum 42-26-9

Tampa Bay Times Forum hosts an NHL battle between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the visiting Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Supporters of the Stars have seen them go 37-28-11 so far this season, while the Lightning are at 42-26-9. In totals betting, the Lightning are 38-36-3, while the Stars are 38-33-5.View Dallas Stars vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Dallas before puck drop in this match found them as 138-moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5.5, ccording to BetOnline.

This game matches up the No. 21 (Lightning) and the No. 8 (Stars) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

In their last action, Dallas was a 4-1 loser on the road against the Hurricanes. Bettors on Carolina at +115 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 4-1 result against the Flames on April 3. Bettors who backed the Flames at +191 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 8-ranked offense (2.95 goals per game) against a Stars defense that ranks No. 20 at 2.84 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 18.22% rate while the Stars have a 80.57% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Stars at Lightning trends to consider:
Dallas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Dallas's last 15 games
Dallas is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 7 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Tampa Bay's last 18 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Dallas at Florida, Sunday, April 6th
Tampa Bay home to Toronto, Tuesday, April 8th