The Carolina Hurricanes hit the road for the second and final regular-season meeting with the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night at American Airlines Center.
The Hurricanes held on for a 5-4 overtime victory win against the Stars at PNC Arena back on December 17 in the first meeting, a game I actually attended. As Larry David would say, it was pretty…pretty…pretty good.
The Stars were on the short end of a 3-2 overtime loss against the visiting Buffalo Sabres on Monday, and Dallas has picked up at least a point in seven of the past nine games overall.
Can the Stars align and avenge their loss in North Carolina before the holidays, or will the Hurricanes storm into Big D and sweep the season series? We’ll discuss in our NHL betting picks for Hurricanes vs. Stars on Wednesday, January 25.
Hurricanes vs Stars best odds
Hurricanes vs Stars picks and predictions
The Hurricanes posted the 5-4 overtime win over the Stars back on December 17, and I had nearly as many R&D Storm Brews as goals scored sitting in the cheap seats that night.
Here, Oettinger (21-7-5, 2.22 GAA, .925 SV%, 4 SO) and Andersen (9-3-0, 2.40 GAA, .910 SV%) are the projected starters, and both goalies are sailing along lately. As such, that’s why the Under is the best play.
Oettinger has allowed three or fewer goals in six of the past eight games, and 10 of the past 12 starts overall.
Andersen’s a perfect 4-for-4 since coming off the injured reserve, going 4-0-0 with a 1.75 GAA and .942 SV% in the past four starts. He’s allowed a total of just seven goals on 120 shots, and no more than two goals in any of those outings.
While it’s been all about the Over lately for the Hurricanes, as far as the offense is concerned, it will have a difficult time piercing Oettinger’s net, and vice versa. These goalies won’t allow six or more goals, so go ahead and bang this Under rather heavily.
My best bet: Under 6 (-112 at BetRivers)
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Hurricanes vs Stars moneyline analysis
The Hurricanes have been on fire over the long haul, going 19-7 in the past 26 games overall, while going 9-3 in the past 12 games on the road.
In addition, Carolina has managed four victories in the past five games against the Central Division, and they’re an unbelievable 11-1 in the past 12 games against teams with a winning overall record. The Canes haven’t played since Saturday, and they’re 16-5 in the past 21 when playing on three days of rest.
The Stars lit the lamp just twice against the Sabres last time out, and Dallas is just 1-5 in the past six games after scoring two or fewer goals in the previous outing. However, Dallas is 24-11 in the past 35 against Metropolitan Division games, so that should give potential Carolina bettors some pause.
Dallas bettors will like the fact that the favorite is 8-3 in the previous 11 meetings, while the Stars have picked up 12 wins in the past 17 home games against the Hurricanes.
I wouldn’t necessarily kick around the puck line here, as taking Carolina is just too much risk with not enough reward, and Dallas won’t be able to pile up the goals on Andersen and the Hurricanes. However, a moneyline play on the Stars coupled with the Under is a nice little parlay opportunity.
Hurricanes vs Stars Over/Under analysis
The Over has been on fire for the Hurricanes lately, and it cashed in the first meeting with the Stars. But with Andersen in between the pipes, the story should be much different.
The Hurricanes haven’t played since Wednesday, too, and the Under is 8-3 in the past 11 games when playing on three or more days’ rest. The Under is 5-2 in the past seven outings after Carolina lit the lamp five or more times in the previous game, too.
For the Stars, it’s all about the Under lately. The Under is 20-7-1 in the past 28 games overall, while cashing at a 9-1-1 clip in the past 11 games against Eastern Conference foes.
The Under is also an amazing 35-14-3 in the past 52 games against Metroplolitan Division teams, which is a .714 percentage in those outings.
If you were able to find an Under 6.5 line, even better, but Under 6 is worth at least two units. This is going to be a defensive slog.
Hurricanes vs Stars betting trend to know
The Under is 35-14-3 in the past 52 games against Metropolitan Division teams for the Stars, and 9-1-1 in the past 11 games against Eastern Conference teams, too. Find more NHL betting trends for Hurricanes vs Stars.
Hurricanes vs Stars game info
|Location:||American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX|
|Date:||Wednesday, January 25, 2023|
|Puck drop:||8:30 p.m. ET|
|TV:||Bally Sports South, Bally Sports Southwest|