NHL Picks Of Day: The Stars Shine and the Coyotes are Howlin’

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We are down to the time of year where every game matters to all the playoff contenders or those trying to hold down certain spots. Let’s check out two.

Colorado (29-26-12, 29-38 SU) at Dallas (34-27-5, 34-32 SU)

Dallas leads Colorado by three points and just ahead of each team respectively are St. Louis and Minnesota in the Central Division. In other words, tonight and for the rest of the season for these four clubs and others in the NHL, it’s like those quarter horse sprint races.

Dallas has helped their cause the most with three consecutive wins. The Stars offense has been an ongoing conundrum all season and chances are if they miss the playoffs, that will be why, being ranked 29th. However, there has been a glimmer of hope as in the Stars past seven contests, on four occasions they have lit the lamp four or more times.

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Why Dallas has even remained in contention is because they have the No. 3 defense, which is holding opponents to 2.58 goals a game. Some nights that can be the difference, just like on Tuesday when they shutout the Rangers 1-0, to move to 20-12 on home ice.

The NHL odds have Colorado as a +110 underdog in Big D. For the Avalanche to win this or any other game remaining on the schedule, their No. 9 scoring offense has to produce and their goaltenders have to hold opposing teams to one less than they score. It’s a simplistic approach, yet true.

Simply put, Colorado is running out of time to win two and lose two. The Avs also have to be tougher-minded if this or any other game goes to OT because while it nice they picked up 12 points in OT losses, having a 3-12 record beyond regulation has really hurt them.

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