Arizona Coyotes at Dallas Stars odds, picks and best bets
The Arizona Coyotes (30-24-8) visit the Dallas Stars (34-19-6) Wednesday at American Airlines Center for an 8:30 p.m. ET puck drop. We analyze the Coyotes-Stars sports betting odds and lines, while providing NHL betting tips and picks around this matchup.
Coyotes at Stars: Projected starting goalies
Antti Raanta vs. Ben Bishop
Raanta is coming off back-to-back home wins over the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals, allowing just a single goal in each game. The 30-year-old is 13-13-3 on the season with a .919 save percentage and 2.70 goals against average.
Bishop beat the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs in back-to-back road games last week, stopping 58 of 63 total shots on goal. He is 20-12-4 through 38 starts and a relief appearance with a .924 SV% and 2.38 GAA.
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Coyotes at Stars: Odds, picks and betting tips
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Odds last updated at 9:30 a.m. ET.
Stars 5, Coyotes 2
The STARS (-167) are the team to back while on home ice. They took a 4-3 overtime loss on the road against the lowly Ottawa Senators Sunday, but had won their previous four games. They’re 6-2-2 across their last 10 games to close the gap on the division-leading St. Louis Blues in the Central Division. The Stars are 17-9-2 on home ice for the season.
The ‘Yotes (+140) have won two straight games over the Capitals (3-1) and Islanders (2-1), but they’re just 4-3-3 across their last 10 games and have slipped to fifth in the Pacific Division. They’re also just 15-13-4 on the road for the season and not worth backing Wednesday. The Stars won the season’s first head-to-head meeting 4-2 Dec. 29.
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Puck Line/Against the Spread (ATS)
Double down on the STARS (-1.5, +170) and back the hosts to win by at least 2 goals. The Coyotes are 34-28 against the spread overall and 19-13 on the road, while the Stars are 31-28 ATS overall and 13-15 at home. The ‘Yotes are just 9-8-4 since the last head-to-head meeting and seven of those losses were by 2 or more goals.
With the standard line set at just 4.5 goals, we’ll go to the alternate line of 5.5 in regular time and back the OVER (+135). The Coyotes are 2-8 against the Over/Under across their last 10 games and the Stars are 5-5. The season’s first meeting saw a total of 6 goals and the Stars’ last two overtime games played to totals of 7 goals.
Esten’s NHL betting record: 239-228
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