The Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars will be kicking off their respective seasons on the right foot when NHL action returns to the Lone Star State Wednesday evening. If there’s one thing these teams have in common it’s that both sides boast a considerable amount of firepower on the offensive end. Dallas’ top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Valeri Nichushkin can go toe-to-toe with any team in the league, and general manager Jim Nill’s offseason acquisition of Patrick Sharp via the Chicago Blackhawks makes an already talented forward group that much scarier.
- Pittsburgh has won its last four season-opening games.
- Dallas has lost 22 of its last 35 home games.
- Dallas scored the most goals in the West in 2015/16 (261).
Pittsburgh, who barely snuck into the postseason last year, will be unveiling former Toronto Maple Leafs sniper Phil Kessel in the black and gold. Paired with NHL golden boy Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz, the Pens will certainly be no slouch when it comes to lighting the lamp.
Dallas added netminder Antti Niemi in the offseason, which leads many to believe a platoon system with long time goalender Kari Lehtonen could be in store for 2015/16.
Marc-Andre Fleury is set to get his 11th consecutive season as the Pens starting goaltender underway. The Quebec native went 34-20-9 with a .920 save percentage and 2.32 GAA in the 2014/15 campaign.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
NHL Hockey odds makers at Bodog had the Dallas Stars as -107 moneyline favorites in this betting matchup. Those over under betting saw the line open at 5.5 at BetOnline.
Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3.3-1.6 result in favor of the Stars. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Dallas Stars Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 0-0-0 this season, while the Stars are 0-0-0. Pittsburgh is 32-51-4 against the total, while Dallas is 46-36 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Dallas vs Pittsburgh injuries news.
The Penguins – Stars odds would favor the Stars if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Dallas is rated No. 3 in the current Odds – VSB
poll, while Pittsburgh is at No. 26.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 2-1 loser on the road against the Rangers. Bettors on New York at -185 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.
The Stars were a 4-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Predators. That made winners of bettors who got Dallas at -140 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for OVER bettors.
- Pittsburgh is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games
- Pittsburgh is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Pittsburgh’s last 13 games on the road
- Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas’s last 7 games
- Dallas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Dallas’s last 9 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Pittsburgh at Arizona, Saturday, October 10th
Dallas at Colorado, Saturday, October 10th