Detroit (31-20-11) at Dallas (38-19-6)
When: Monday, February 29th 2016
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Time: 8:35 ET | TV: FSN Detroit, FSN Southwest
The Detroit Red Wings look to feed off their outdoor win on Saturday when they visit the Dallas Stars on Monday night. The Red Wings sit in 7th place in the Eastern Conference playoff race, but are only five points behind the Florida Panthers in the Atlantic Division. Detroit has now won two-straight after going 0-4 on a four-game road trip that included some of the Eastern Conference’s best (Islanders, Pens, Rangers). Brad Richards scored the winning goal Saturday while setting an NHL record by playing in his fifth outdoor game. The veteran center also scored the game-winner for the Rangers in the 2012 Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Tomas Tatar (17 goals, 35 points) broke an eight-game pointless streak on Saturday with a goal and a helper against Colorado. Henrik Zetterberg leads the Red Wings with 41 points, but has been held off the scoresheet in four straight games. Detroit has won only one of its last seven road games (1-4-2) and is 0-for-17 on the power play over their last six games. Detroit is looking to avoid the two-game season sweep after losing to the Stars 4-1 at home on November 8th. The Red Wings have won six straight games in Dallas.
Dallas started off the month of February by winning six of their first seven contests, but have dropped five of their last six as the month comes to a close. The Stars currently sit in second place in the Central Division, one point behind conference-leading Chicago but just one ahead of third-place St. Louis. Dallas could end up anywhere from the top seed in the West to the sixth seed when the playoffs get underway in April. The Stars look to salvage the final game of their three-game homestand after losing to the NY Rangers and Winnipeg. Dallas leads the NHL with 202 goals including 32 apiece by captain Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. The dynamic duo are tied with Boston’s Brad Marchand for third in the NHL. Benn ranks second to Chicago’s Patrick Kane (85) with 70 points while Seguin is only two behind him after tallying 15 points in his last 13 games. Ales Hemsky (23 points) is questionable for Monday after leaving Saturday’s loss to the Rangers with an illness. This will be the first of a back-to-back for the Stars as they travel to Nashville Tuesday night for a big matchup.
Detroit brings in a lot of momentum and some good karma at American Airlines Center. Dallas has lost three straight at home and have allowed 16 goals in those contests. I’ll take the road team tonight.
Pick: Red Wings +132