Carolina Hurricanes vs. Dallas Stars Game Preview and Prediction 1/25/2023

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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Dallas Stars Game Preview and Prediction 1/25/2023

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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Dallas Stars Game Preview and Prediction 1/25/2023

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The Dallas Stars continue their homestand against the Carolina Hurricanes in a battle of first-place teams. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. EST.

Carolina enters tonight with a 29-9-8 record (66 points) and sit first in the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes are led in goals by Andrei Svechnikov with 19. Martin Necas and Sebastian Aho follow close behind with 18 and 17 goals respectively. Necas leads the team in points with 41 while Aho’s 40 points and Svechnikov’s 37 round out the top three. Frederik Andersen is finally healthy and playing well. The 33-year-old is 9-3-0 with a 2.40 goals against average and a .910 save percentage in 12 games. Jacob Slavin (lower body) is listed as doubtful for tonight’s contest after missing Saturday’s game.

Dallas brings a 28-13-8 record (64 points) and sit in first place in the Central Division. The Stars are led by Jason Robertson, who is having a career year thus far. The 23-year-old has tallied a team-leading 32 goals, 33 assists, and 65 points. Roope Hintz and Jamie Benn are tied for second on the team in goals with 19. Joe Pavelski sits second in points with 47. Jake Oettinger has been great again this season. Oettinger is 21-7-5 with a 2.22 GAA and a .925 SV% in 36 games. 

After losing both meetings last season, the Hurricanes took the first meeting this year. Tonight’s projected starting goaltenders are Andersen for Carolina and Oettinger for Dallas.

 

Prediction: Carolina 4, Dallas 2

The Hurricanes are a different kind of good and have not played since Saturday, meaning Carolina is a well-rested side. While Dallas is a solid side, I am still not sold on the team yet. This will be a tight game with Oettinger keeping Dallas in it. Carolina adds an empty netter to seal the victory late.

 

Odds Presented By Betfred Sportsbook 

Spread- Dallas Stars +1.5 (-285) / Carolina Hurricanes -1.5 (+225)

Moneyline- Dallas Stars -105 / Carolina Hurricanes -115

Total- 6.0 – Over (+100) / Under (-120)

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