Hockey betting handicappers did not expect such a rapid climb by the Stars as they have been something of a surprise commodity and hidden NHL betting value.
The Dallas Stars will host the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night with a start time of 8 PM ET. Odds on the side and over under will be available at Sports-Gambling so be sure an open your account for action.
The Dallas Stars were the top team in the Pacific Division over perennial leader San Jose with a mark of 19-10-1-2 with the hockey odds. Dallas was especially tough at home with a record of 11-3-1-1 with an even 8-8 split on totals at home. Dallas had an offense that ranked in the middle of the pack and their defense ranked 10th for goals against.
Center Brad Richards had a team best 14 goals and 23 assists while left wing Loui Eriksson had 13 goals and 18 assists. Left winger James Neal had 13 goals and 15 assists while center Mike Ribeiro had a team best 21 assists. Left wing Brenden Morrow had 10 goals to make for one of the deeper lineups in the NHL.
Number one goalie Kari Lehtonen had a 2.58 goals against average while backup Andrew Raycroft had a 2.31 goals against average along with the Stars lone shutout of the season.
Phoenix had a NHL wagering record of 15-9-4-3 as they were in striking distance of the Los Angeles Kings for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference standings. Phoenix has been the subject of much instability in regards to the future of the franchise in the desert but that has been resolved with a new lease and the future looks much better now.
The Coyotes ranked 15th for goal scoring and 12th for goals against and were struggling as of late with just 4 payouts in 10 games from November 27 through December 18. Phoenix was 9-5-2-1 on the road and had a break even mark of 8-8-1 on totals away from home. Veteran Ray Whitney led a weak hockey betting lineup with 4 goals and 17 assists. Right wing Lee Stempniak was the top goal scorer with just 8.