Ottawa Senators vs Dallas Stars / NHL – Dallas had a good start of new season; out of four first rounds it won three games and lost just one. On the other hand Ottawa didn’t exactly shine at the beginning of new championship; out of five games it won two and lost three. Still, in the previous round Ottawa steamrolled Los Angeles Kings at home and the atmosphere in the team is good.
Ottawa Senators vs Dallas Stars begins 16.10.2018 at 01:30 CET
Just one goal separated Ottawa from the final of Stanley Cup two seasons ago. The Senators started the previous season with high ambitions but they ended up at the penultimate place in the Eastern Conference. Their goaltenders Craig Anderson and Mike Condow were particularly unimpressive and if the Senators want better place this season the two goalies must improve their performances. In the course of summer transfer window Ottawa brought several new players and from this season the Senators’ jersey will wear Mikkel Boedker, Paul Carey, Chase Balisy and Mike McKenna, while the team left Mike Hoffman, Alex Burrows, Prederik Claesson and Chric Driedger.
They opened the new championship with home defeat by Chicago, but they won Toronto away in the following round. The Senators lost two next games; they firstly lost away to Boston 6-3, and then at home to Philadelphia 4-7. They didn’t play badly in attack but defence had totally underperformed and in the end they were defeated despite four scored goals. The defence worked better in next match and attack continued to be efficient so they won Los Angeles Kings by sound 5-1. Schedule is favourable for the Senators in next three games as all three are going to be played in their Canadian Tire Centre.
Dallas failed to reach the play-off last season because of just three points and eventually it ended up at the 10th place. The Stars played well at the beginning but they lost steam in the finish of regular season which cost them play-off. They won just four games out of last 14 of the regular season, which ruined their chances to reach the play-off. Dallas management hopes that new coach Jim Montgomery will manage to take the team to the play-off. Montgomery has a difficult job as club owners’ ambition is to finish among first eight teams in the Eastern Conference.
Out of newly arrived players we would single out forward Valeri Nichushkin and defender Miro Heiskanen, who should be able to help the team to reach the play-off after two-year long absence. Dallas started the season with two home wins in a row; over Arizona and Winnipeg. It played two following games at home as well; it lost the first one to Toronto and won Anaheim Ducks in the second. The Stars played first four games this season at their arena and this is going to be their first away game.
Ottawa Senators vs Dallas Stars PICK
Dallas has good score after first four games but it should be taken into consideration that the Stars still haven’t played away. The Senators have showed in game with the Kings that will be very dangerous opponent. Their attack is particularly efficient and due to that fact we give advantage to the home team in this game.
Pick: Ottawa Senators wins
Odds: 2.40 at 888sport (down to 2.30 can be played)
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