- What: Boston Bruins vs. Dallas Stars
- Date: Monday, November 6, 2023
- Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
- Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: NESN, BSSWX
Two of the best teams of the early 2024 NHL season face off tonight when the Boston Bruins head to Texas for a one-game Western Conference swing to face the Dallas Stars. The Bruins are in first place in the NHL’s Eastern Conference with 19 points thanks to the club’s 9-1-1 record to open the year. The Stars are not first in the West, but they hold the top spot in the Central Division with a 7-2-1 record, which gives the club 15 points. Here is some background on the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars before we look at the betting odds, picks, and predictions for tonight’s matchup.
The Boston Bruins lost some key players in the offseason. Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci retired, while Taylor Hall and Dmitry Orlov were traded. While those losses hurt, the veteran team still has David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, Hampus Lindholm, and Linus Ullmark. To take the sting off some of those losses, the team added James van Riemsdyk and Kevin Shattenkirk.
The Dallas Stars made a deep run in the playoffs last year, taking eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Vegas Golden Knights, to six games in the conference finals. The Stars kept their core of Jason Robertson, Roope Hintz, Joe Pavelski, Tyler Seguin, Miro Heiskanen, and Jake Oettinger together for 2024 and added one-time 40-goal scorer Matt Duchene to the lineup.
Before we look at the betting breakdown for tonight’s NHL matchup between the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars, check out our betting picks to win the 2024 Stanley Cup and our tips for betting on the NHL.
Boston Bruins vs. Dallas Stars betting picks – November 6, 2023
Boston Bruins betting breakdown
The Boston Bruins, who bowed out of the first round of the 2023 NHL playoffs, losing to the Florida Panthers in seven games, silenced their doubters early in the 2024 season. The team opened the season with six straight wins to take the top spot in the Atlantic Division, and with an Eastern Conference-leading goal differential of plus 15, it looks like Boston will still hold onto that spot if they can stay healthy and dialed in.
Team defense has been one of the keys for the Bruins. No team has allowed fewer goals this year than Boston, who have surrendered 21 total goals, which is impressive considering the Bruins are giving up an average of 30.9 shots per game, which puts them at No. 16 in that category.
David Pastrnak is the offensive leader on the Bruins. The winger has a team-leading 16 points, nine goals, and seven assists. Brad Marchand is second in team scoring with 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists).
Boston’s goaltending duo of Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman lead the league with a combined 1.91 goals against average. Their combined save percentage is an impressive .938.
Dallas Stars betting breakdown
The Dallas Stars‘ decision to keep their core together for another year was a wise one. The team was a deep one last year, with nine players who scored more than 10 goals in the regular season. Adding Matt Duchene to that group will only help, as Duchene put up 22 goals for Nashville in 2023 after scoring a career-high 43 for that club in 2022.
One thing to watch about the Stars is that the team has played in many tight games this year, with the team only picking up one win where they outscored their opponent by more than one goal. Overall, the Stars have scored 30 goals and surrendered 26 for a plus four goal differential.
Roope Hintz is the Stars’ leader on the offensive side of the puck. Hintz leads the squad in points (11), goals(5), and assists (6). Joe Pavelski is second on the Stars in points with 10 (4G, 6A).
Jake Oettinger is carrying the load in net for Dallas, with seven starts. He has a 5-1-1 record, a .938 save percentage, and a 1.97 goals against average.
Best bet for Boston Bruins vs. Dallas Stars
This will be an exciting game, as both teams are playing well at this point in the 2024 NHL season. The Boston Bruins present some good betting value as the betting underdog in tonight’s game. They are playing well on both sides of the ice, and their goaltending has been excellent through the first 10 games of the season. Our betting pick is for the Boston Bruins to get the upset win over the Dallas Stars.
Betting pick: Boston Bruins to beat Dallas Stars
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