Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Nov 13): Stars vs Hurricanes in N. Carolina
Dallas Stars (+111) at Carolina Hurricanes (-122)
Monday offers two matchups on the NHL schedule. One of the games on the calendar is the Dallas Stars visiting the Carolina Hurricanes. With a -122 money line, it is implied that the Hurricanes will win this matchup fifty-five percent of the time. Odds can be found at BetOnline.
Dallas has improved after struggling last season. The Stars sit at 9-7, which has them holding fourth place in the Central Division. Carolina has been inconsistent on the new season. The Hurricanes hold the eighth place in the Metropolitan Division with a 6-5-4 record.
The Hurricanes have gone 2-2-3 at home this season. Carolina’s last home game was Saturday night against Chicago, in which the Hurricanes blew a 3-1 lead in the third period and lost in overtime. When Carolina suits up for Monday night’s game, it will be their third matchup in four nights. They pulled off a 3-1 win in Columbus Friday night.
Dallas has gone 4-2 in their last six matchups. Both losses came to the Winnipeg Jets, whom have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL. The Stars are coming off a 5-0 win against the Islanders on Friday night.
This game will mark the second and last matchup between these two teams. In the first game the Stars came out with a 4-3 win. The Stars jumped out to a 4-0 lead halfway through the game, but let off the gas allowing the Hurricanes a chance to get back in the game. The Stars leading goal scorers Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin each scored a goal in that game.
Dallas will be looking to get an advantage from their special teams on Monday night. The Stars hold the league’s best power play. It has scored on 31.25 percent of its opportunities. Dallas also has one of the league’s elite penalty kills, which has been operating at an 87.50 percent.
Carolina’s special teams have not been nearly as good. The Hurricanes have the third worst power play with a 12.24 percent. Carolina’s penalty kill is around middle of the pack, killing off 81.25 percent. The Stars hold a large edge on all parts of special teams in this game.
Dallas Stars vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction
The Stars have gotten help from John Klingberg and Alexander Radulov to help ease some of the pressure off Seguin and Benn. Dallas has gotten help from younger players like Esa Lindell, Radek Faksa, and Devin Shore. The three of them all have seven points on the season.
Scott Darling and Ben Bishop are expected to meet up in Monday night’s game. Both goalies were brought in during the offseason to fix goaltending issues. Bishop has been the better of the two early in the season. He has a .915 save percentage and a GAA of 2.48. Darling has a save percentage of .906 and a 2.49 GAA. In the first matchup between these two goalies, Bishop posted a .923 save percentage, while Darling had a .846 save percentage.
With an edge on goaltending and their special team’s success, I believe the Stars could pull out a win. As an underdog in this game, the Stars are the best bet.