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Canucks vs. Dallas Stars betting odds & handicapping preview – Feb. 26th

First round playoff preview? Canucks/Stars

The Vancouver Canucks continue their tough road trip Sunday with a matchup against yet another team in the thick of the playoff chase – the Dallas Stars. Vancouver currently sits in first place in the Western Conference while the Stars are in eighth – if the playoffs started today, these two teams would meet each other in the first round.

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Vancouver Canucks (40-16-6) at Dallas Stars (32-26-4)
When: 3:00 PM ET, Sunday, February 26, 2012
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Broadcast: SNET-P (HD), FS-SW
Canucks vs. Stars Betting Lines from Bodog
Spread: Canucks -1.5 (+215)
Moneyline: Canucks -134: Stars +122
Over/Under: 5 goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*

The Canucks have fared very well on their current road trip going 3-1-0 with wins over the Detroit and New Jersey along the way. Sunday will mark their fourth game in six days and will be the first of four meetings between the two clubs in the next five weeks.

Vancouver leads the NHL standings and they are tops in the league in goals for. They have the ability to win even when not putting forth their best effort as Friday’s game in New Jersey demonstrated.

In that game, the Canucks were outshot 31-16 and the Sedin twins were kept off the score sheet for the second time in three games but still pulled off a 2-1 win.

Vancouver is 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and is the hottest team in the NHL.

Secondary scoring continues to be an impressive theme for Vancouver. Sure Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin who each have eight points in five games continue to be the centerpieces of the Canucks offense but names like Cody Hodgson, Mason Raymond and Dale Weise have shown up on the score sheet during their current road trip.

Vancouver continues to demonstrate depth – something that is the envy of every other NHL team. Four lines play a lot and all four are a matchup nightmare for their opposition.

The Sedins have absolutely owned the Stars over the last couple of seasons – they have combined for 23 points in their last six against the Stars. Henrik Sedin has 19 points in his last 10 games versus Dallas and Daniel Sedin has 14 points in his last eight versus the Stars.

Roberto Luongo got Friday night off – we should see him on Sunday. He is 8-1-3 in his last 12 games overall and is 7-1-2 with a 2.09 goals against average in his last 10.

Against Dallas, Lou has won a staggering eight straight and is 13-4-2 with a 2.00 goals against average career against Dallas.

The Stars come into Sunday’s game clinging to eighth in the West but they will likely be without one of their top offensive threats, Jamie Benn. They have won three straight and have looked fairly good during that span.

Dallas is 15th in the NHL in goals for. Michael Ryder and Mike Ribeiro have been very good for the Stars as of late and have tallied three points apiece in their last two games while Tom Wandell has chipped in three points in three games and Loui Eriksson has five points in five games.

The Stars aren’t particularly deep – beyond the top two lines, there is not a whole lot of offense to be had.

Canucks vs. Stars

Vancouver Canucks vs. Dallas Stars Betting Lines & handicapping

Kari Lehtonen has been up and down all season long for Dallas’ 15th ranked defense. At the moment, he’s hot going 2-0-0 in his last two starts with a 0.50 goals against average and a .983 save percentage. He hasn’t fared all that well against the Canucks however – he is just 1-5-0 with a 4.16 goals against average in his last six starts.

Dave’s Free Won’t Cost You Anything NHL Betting Prediction:

The Vancouver Canucks have won six straight games against Dallas and they have won all five of their matinees this season. It is hard to imagine them losing this game despite the brutal road trip.

They are too deep, too skilled and too motivated to remain at the top of the NHL standings to be denied!

Pick: Vancouver Canucks -134

Here are some interesting Player Props for Sunday’s game:

Jamie Benn Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Dan Hamhuis Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Manny Malhotra Points
Line = 0.5 Over (2.20) | Under (1.25)

Henrik Sedin Shots on Goal
Line = 1.5 Over (1.40) | Under (1.85)

Daniel Sedin Points
Line = 1.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Ryan Kesler Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Alex Burrows Shots on Goal
Line = 2.5 Over (1.45) | Under (1.80)

Alexander Edler Shots on Goal
Line = 2.5 Over (1.40) | Under (1.85)

Kevin Bieksa Penalty Minutes
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Dallas Shots on Goal
Line = 28.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

Dallas Power Play Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)

Cody Hodgson Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

Game Links

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About Dave B

Dave B is from Beautiful BC. A Fantasy Football writer for 10+ years. A gambler, and a sucker for an early Vegas line. Loves to bet on the NHL, and NFL. A couch potato wannabe, BC Lions, Canucks, & Seahawks fan. Hope’s for world peace + global relaxation.
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  • http://twitter.com/prfctsoundforvr Richard Hodges

     my prediction? Ott and Raymond have five goals each in a goal-off to see who has to stay in Dallas and who gets to leave with Vancouver

  • http://twitter.com/FlyingVHockey Kevin Vanstone

     So far Raymond looks good but Ryan Kesler has completed more passes to Steve Ott than he has to #21 so far. What will it take to make the man pass?

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