NHL Betting: Anaheim Ducks to make a splash in Dallas

Only one matchup on the schedule tonight and it sees the Anaheim Ducks visit the Dallas Stars, with the Ducks aiming for two points that would see them return to the top of the NHL.

Last time they met Dallas, they jumped out to a 3-1 first period lead and ended up on the wrong end of a 6-3 scoreline, the Stars had rookie goalie Jack Campbell in for that game so a repeat effort with Kari Lehtonen between the pipes may cause Anaheim real worry.

It's actually over a month since the Stars won a home game and even though that blow is lessened by the knowledge they've only played at American Airlines Center four times in that spell, it still needs rectifying. Only Florida have a worse powerplay overall than the Stars but isolate the home games and Dallas have scored one PP goal in eight at a pathetic efficiency of 3.4%.

Similarly, the Ducks' bad penalty killing has been a source of a lot of the distress they've had on the road, most of the time they've scored enough goals to mask it but whichever of those ailing units steps up tonight may well have a big say.

Nick Bonino is having a breakout year as center on Anaheim's third line already three points off his prior best for a campaign and at the back Cam Fowler is leading the way back on the pace he managed during his rookie season three years ago.

It seems like I always have to bring up Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, but they have to be the best bets if you're looking for scorers tonight. They each have five game winning goals, which has them tied 1st in the league for that stat and the rest of the Ducks' lineup combined has six; their value to this team is incredible.

With the odds split at 2.50 and the Stars home ice not really an advantage for them so far, I have to lean towards Anaheim getting it done. Outside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, who will be matched up all night, Dallas are probably need somebody else to step up and the fact they have only beaten a top eight side from their conference once this season suggests it is unlikely.

Best Bet: Anaheim Ducks to win at 2.50.