- Date & Location: Friday, November 26 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
- Game Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: Bally Sports Southwest (BSSW) Altitude Sports 2 (ALT2)
The Colorado Avalanche, a team that was one of the early favorites to win the 2021-22 Stanley Cup, had a rough start to the season. Colorado had a 4-6 record after 10 games, but the team has found its footing. Since November 11, the Avalanche have been unbeaten. The team is riding a six-game winning streak heading into their matchup against the Dallas Stars.
The Dallas Stars are in the midst of their most successful run this season. Dallas are 4-1 in their past five games. The Stars are riding a two-game winning streak, with 4-1 wins over the Blues and Oilers. Dallas has not won more than two games in a row this season. They’ll look to make that happen at home against the Avalanche.
Colorado Avalanche Analysis
The Avalanche have scored the fifth-most goals in the NHL this season with 65. More than half of those goals (36) have come during the team’s six-game winning streak, where they have outscored the opposition 36-15. The Avalanche have scored seven goals three times during that stretch and the fewest goals they netted in those games was four. Colorado’s power play, which is connecting at 21.2 percent, is 10th best in the NHL. The club ranks 12th in goals against with 51 allowed. Penalty killing has been a problem for the Avalanche. The team’s PK is 75 percent effective, which is 27th in the NHL.
Colorado’s goaltending is 24th in the league in goals against at 3.19 per game. The club’s save percentage is also 24th at .905 percent.
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) November 25, 2021
Nazem Kadri leads the Avalanche in points with 25 (7 goals, 18 assists).
The Avalanche have been without Nathan MacKinnon for all but eight games this season. MacKinnon, who had 65 points (20 G, 45 A) last season, had one goal and eight assists before a lower-body injury knocked him out of action.
Colorado is 4-3 as an away team this season.
Dallas Stars Analysis
Dallas has struggled on offense this season. The Stars have netted 46 goals on the year, which ranks them in the 27th spot in the 32-team league. As for special teams, the Stars have fared well on the power play with 14 goals. The team’s penalty kill has not performed as well as the power play unit and has prevented goals with a man down at a rate of 77.2 percent. Overall, the Stars have allowed 51 goals on the season. The Dallas team’s goals against average is 16th in the league at 2.76 and the team’s save percentage is ranked 23rd at .901.
Luke at it! Luke at it!
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) November 24, 2021
Dallas only has one player who has scored over 10 points this season and that is Miro Heiskanen, who has 14 points (3 G, 11 A). The team’s leading goal scorer is Roope Hintz, who has lit the lamp six times.
Dallas is 5-2-1 at home this season.
Colorado has hit the over in seven of its past eight games.
Dallas is 8-4 against Colorado in the team’s past 12 matchups.
Colorado and Dallas have gone under in eight of their past 10 games in Dallas.
Colorado is on a 7-0 run against Western Conference foes.
MyTopSportsbook’s Final Pick
The Avalanche offense, even without the potent MacKinnon is clicking right now and with the number of goals the team has been averaging per game, it’s hard to pick against them, especially against a team like the Stars, who are struggling defensively.
Pick the Avalanche to win.
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