Money Line Pick
The Dallas Stars are one of the favorites to win the Western Conference this season. They enter this game with a record of 29-18-4 and 62 points, which puts them in a tie with the Colorado Avalanche for 2nd place in the Central Division and a tie with the Avalanche and Oilers for the 2nd best record in the Western Conference. The Stars are coming off a 3-2 overtime win on the road against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday and will look to build momentum following that win when they travel to take on the New York Rangers on Monday. Meanwhile, the Rangers are in 7th place in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 25-21-4 and 54 points. New York enters this game riding a two-game winning streak following a 1-0 road win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. The Stars have won six of the previous ten in the series, including four of the last five. I look for that trend to continue with a Dallas win on the road against New York on Monday.
Over Under Pick
The Rangers have been one of the highest-scoring teams in the NHL this season. New York enters this game, averaging the 11th most goals per game with 3.26. However, they have struggled to stop opponents from scoring as they are allowing the 9th most goals per game with 3.22. Meanwhile, the Dallas Stars rely more on their defensive play and taking advantage of their opponent’s mistakes than they do on their offensive prowess. They enter this game averaging 2.63 goals per game, which ranks 27th in the league. However, the Stars are the best team defensively in the league as they are allowing the lowest average of goals per game with 2.53. As a result of the defensive play of the Stars, I look for the under 5.5 goals to be the play in this spot.