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This series has been a bit back and forth but the momentum seems to be swinging in Dallas’ favor despite the game two Colorado win. As you can see from the odds, the Stars have been stealing a lot of eyes and wagers in this series. With the Colorado backup still between the pipes, anything is possible for Big D in game three. Dallas wins a nail biter 4-3 in regulation.
Dallas to win at -155
The total has now gone Over in all six of Colorado’s last six games. Meanwhile, the Stars have hit the Over in five of their last six. Hint. Hint (maybe).
|Avalanche vs Stars Game Information
|Colorado Avalanche vs Dallas Stars
|Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB
|August 30, 2020 6 pm EST
|How to watch
|NBC Sports, Sportsnet
By looking at the series wins alone this looks like a pretty tight battle. However, when it comes down to it, one team has been the better squad through and through. The Dallas Stars have surprised many by taking the majority of control in this series. Let’s not discount the speed and skill of Colorado, but their backup netminder Pavel Francouz has not been the knight in shining armor they were hoping for.
With Philipp Grubauer going down in game one with a lower-body injury the Avs were already behind the eight balls. With Francouz not on his game though this series has begun to sway heavily. As we’ve seen from the past two tilts, Dallas has picked up on the shift and the momentum is definitely heading toward Big D.
As we saw on the first goal last game by Tyler Seguin, if there’s garbage in the crease Francouz is in trouble. The Colorado Avalanche must do a better job of sweeping the blue paint and making sure there are no second chances for Dallas.
Yes, the offense needs to continue to fire on all cylinders too of course. Nathan MacKinnon currently leads the league with 20 playoff points while Nazem Kadri, Gabriel Landeskog, and Cale Makar have also been sensational in support. In other words, the Avs offense hasn’t been the issue.
It’s their defensive breakdown that allowed Dallas to get back into game two and take the lead late. It’s the Avs defense that couldn’t respond to their number one keeper going down in game one and it’s the Avs blueliners that will need to come through in the clutch in game three. This game will be decided at Colorado’s end of the rink for either all the right reasons or all the wrong ones.
When it comes to the quarterback of the Dallas Stars offense look no further than Miro Heiskanen. The Finnish sophomore defenseman is coming off his best season yet and has been on fire in this playoff run. He currently sits fifth in the league with 15-points and is first among defenders in overall points as well. He’s been fantastic, to say the least. So when it comes to production from their back end Dallas is pretty set.
What they’ll need to ensure keeps the engine purring in game three though is the play of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Both have been very quiet in this postseason but each notched a goal in game two and are trending in the right direction.
If Dallas can get their stars (no pun intended) firing this team is going to be very dangerous in the long run. To add to that, if Anton Khudobin and Ben Bishop can continue to be decent as well, this team could truly come out of nowhere in this series and even make some noise in the conference final. They don’t have to be great – decent will do.
Although we probably shouldn’t put the cart ahead of the horse just yet.
Ryan has worked as a sports writer for the past decade and sports journalism for almost 15 years. He has worked in television, radio, print, digital, and podcasting since 2006. He is also the former co-host of the NFL Weekly Pick 'Em and Best Bets Podcast along with the Prop Drop on WSN.com.More info on Ryan Sullivan
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