Dallas Stars at San Jose Sharks Odds - Free Pick 3/26/2016

Date: Mar 26, 4:00 PM ET | Location: SAP Center | TV: NHL Center Ice

Betting Lines

Money Line: Dallas +113 / San Jose -125
Total Line: 5.5

The Dallas Stars and the San Jose Sharks will meet for the third time this season in a rubber match at the SAP Center. Game time for this Western Conference clash is set for 4 p.m. (ET) and it will be available on NHL Center Ice.

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Dallas vs. San Jose Overview

The Stars have raced to the top of the Central Division behind a 44-22-9 record that has produced a conference-best 97 points. They are 6-2-2 in their last 10 outings, but coming off a 3-1 loss to Arizona on Thursday as -143 road favorites. The total stayed UNDER the 5.5-goal total line after going OVER in eight of their previous 10 games. Dallas is 20-11-7 on the road this season.

Dallas is the highest scoring team in the NHL with an average of 3.2 goals a game and before things almost ground to a halt in Thursday's loss it posted a total of 13 goals during a recent three-game winning streak. Jamie Benn leads the Stars in both goals (36) and assists (46) and he has stayed hot with five points in his last five games. Kari Lehtonen has gotten the last five starts in goal and on the year he has a goals-against average of 2.83 while splitting time between the pipes with Antti Niemi.

San Jose is holding down the third spot in the Pacific Division behind Los Angeles and Anaheim with 88 points, but it has now dropped its last two games including a 6-3 loss to Edmonton on Thursday night as a heavy -208 home favorite. The Sharks are now 6-4 in their last 10 games and the total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in eight of those contests. Their record at the SAP Center this season is below .500 at 16-17-3.

This is another high-powered squad when it comes to lighting the lamp with an average of 2.9 goals a game that is ranked third in the league. It has been hit or miss lately with just six goals in San Jose's last five losses verse a scoring average of 3.6 goals in the team's last five wins. Joe Pavelski has had the hot hand for the Sharks with 35 goals on the year including three in his last five games. At the other end of the ice, mid-season acquisition James Reimer is getting more time in goal and his GAA on the year is now a solid 2.02. Martin Jones still has the majority of the starts and he boasts a 2.24 GAA.

Dallas Stars at San Jose Sharks Betting Trends

The Stars are 2-8 in their last 10 games against the Pacific Division and they have lost nine of their last 11 games played on Saturday. The total has gone OVER in 14 of their last 20 road games.

The Sharks are 6-2 in their last eight Saturday games and they have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games against a team from the Central Division. The total has stayed UNDER in three of their last five home games.

Head-to-head in this conference matchup, the home team has won 12 of the last 17 games including both previous meetings this season and the total has gone OVER in the last five games.

Dallas Stars at San Jose Sharks Prediction

This should be a great battle between two teams that know how to put the puck in the net. Given the recent trends in this matchup I would have to lean towards San Jose an attractive home favorite, but my "best bet" pick is the OVER on the total line.

Free Pick to Bet: Take the OVER 5.5