Preview: Dallas at Vancouver

When: 10:00 PM  ET, Saturday, March 28, 2015
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Matchup Edge
DAL Edge in: VAN
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


There's nothing comfortable about the Vancouver Canucks' lead over the Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames in the race for second place in the tight Pacific Division. Saturday's opponent likely won't ease Canucks fans' worries, as Vancouver hosts the Dallas Stars at Rogers Arena. The Canucks have lost six consecutive games against the Stars, who have outscored Vancouver by a ridiculous 25-7 margin over the length of the winning streak.

For a team gearing up for home-ice advantage in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Canucks looked lamentably flat in their previous game, a 4-1 home defeat at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche. "It's unacceptable," defenseman Luca Sbisa said afterward. "We knew how important this game was." The Stars might be feeling the same way, as they saw their four-game winning streak halted in a costly 4-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.
 
TV: 10 p.m. ET, FS-SW (Dallas), CBC (Vancouver)

ABOUT THE STARS (36-29-10): Dallas players knew coming into Friday night's game against the Oilers that it would probably need to win out in order to have any shot of reaching the Western Conference playoffs. Not only will the Stars fail to accomplish that feat, they'll lament not being able to beat one of the league's worst teams. With Dallas now effectively playing out the string, the only notable storyline left is whether one of either captain Jamie Benn or Tyler Seguin can rack up enough points in the final seven games to win the scoring title.

ABOUT THE CANUCKS (43-27-4): Sbisa was even more revealing when pressed about how Vancouver could come out so flat in an important game against a weaker opponent. "You don't want to admit, but it's a mental thing," he told the Vancouver Province. "We had some really good games against L.A., Phoenix and Winnipeg. Those were some big, emotional wins, and then you're like, 'Tonight is not that big a game.'" Vancouver has lost just four games in regulation all month (8-4-1), but all four losses have come by three or more goals.

OVERTIME

1. Vancouver's last win over Dallas came on Feb. 21, 2013.

2. Two of the Stars' three shutout losses on the season have come in March.

3. Canucks scoring leader Daniel Sedin has 33 points in 46 career games vs. Dallas.

PREDICTION: Canucks 4, Stars 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Dallas 36-29-7-3 L1 16-14-5-3 20-15-2-0 3-3-0-0 33-26-7-3 6-13-4-3
Vancouver 43-27-2-2 L1 21-15-0-1 22-12-2-1 3-2-1-0 40-25-1-2 14-9-1-2

Last Meeting

Dallas Vancouver
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
12/17/14 DAL 2 VAN 0 29 27 0-2 27 27 0-4

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
DAL V. Fiddler 1
VAN W. Acton 0
Goals Player  
DAL A. Roussel 1
VAN W. Acton 0
Assists Player  
DAL V. Fiddler 1
VAN W. Acton 0
Saves Player  
DAL K. Lehtonen 27
VAN E. Lack 27
Season
Total Points Player  
DAL J. Benn 71
VAN D. Sedin 66
Goals Player  
DAL T. Seguin 33
VAN R. Vrbata 29
Assists Player  
DAL J. Benn 44
VAN D. Sedin 50
Saves Player  
DAL K. Lehtonen 1633
VAN R. Miller 1068

Quickchart Matchup

Dallas Off vs  Vancouver Def
3.04 GF
2.66 GA
31.3 Shots
29.4 Shots
49 PP
36 PK
Vancouver Off vs  Dallas Def
2.81 GF
3.16 GA
29.9 Shots
30.2 Shots
39 PP
45 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -133 120
104
5.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports.ag -160 140
-105
5.5
Sportsbook.ag -160 140
-105
5.5
5Dimes -152 142
105
5.5
GTbets.eu -155 135
100
5.5
Top Bet -155 135
100
5.5
BetOnline.ag -152 137
104
5.5
BetDSI -160 135
-105
5.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
BetDNA.com OFF OFF OFF
Superbook.ag OFF OFF OFF
BookMaker -160 135
-105
5.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-150
140
100
5.5
Wynn Las Vegas -155 135
-105
5.5
Boyd Gaming -165
145
100
5.5
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Dallas Overall Vancouver
36-29-7-3 W/L 43-27-2-2
35-40 ATS 36-38
41-34 O/U 31-33
3.04 Goals For 2.81
3.16 Goals Agnst 2.66
Dallas A/H Vancouver
20-15-2-0 W/L 21-15-0-1
23-14 ATS 15-22
22-15 O/U 15-15
3.03 Goals For 2.73
3.27 Goals Agnst 2.68
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