NHL odds: Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars

The enter Wednesday’s action at No. 10 in the West, but just two points out of a playoff spot. With only six games remaining, the Stars might have to win out to have a shot. They host Vancouver on Thursday and are WagerWeb.com underdogs. Check our current betting lines.

The Stars, who traded Jaromir Jagr and Brandon Roy before the deadline, lost 5-2 at Chicago on Monday. Andrew Shaw, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Marian Hossa scored in the third period after Dallas rallied to tie it. The Stars’ five-game winning streak ended. Richard Bachman made 23 saves in his third straight start in place of No. 1 goalie Kari Lehtonen, who is out because of a lower body injury. Dallas rookie Alex Chiasson left the game with an upper body injury in the first period after playing six shifts. Chiasson had six goals and an assist in his first six NHL games after being called up from Texas of the AHL earlier this month. He’s likely out Thursday.

The schedule does the Stars no favors. After this game, they play Friday at St. Louis, Sunday at Los Angeles, April 23 at San Jose, April 25 at home to surprising Columbus, and the finale at home April 27 versus Detroit — the club the Stars are chasing for eighth in the West.

Vancouver is looking to lock down the No. 3 seed in the East. It enters off a 2-1 shootout loss at St. Louis on Tuesday. Jay Bouwmeester tied the score midway through the third period, and Andy McDonald and Alex Steen scored in the shootout. Alexander Edler scored on a power play late in the second period for Vancouver. Cory Schneider made 35 saves in regulation but surrendered two goals on three shootout chances. The Canucks played for the third time in four nights, all on the road. Kevin Bieksa has a lower-body injury and didn’t play Tuesday night. The veteran defenseman has just six goals and 11 points in 35 games this season. He’s day-to-day.

Vancouver and Dallas have split two meetings. On Feb 15 in British Columbia, the Stars won 4-3. Brenden Dillon scored the go-ahead goal with 3 minutes left in the third period and the Stars rallied to end the Canucks’ six-game winning streak. Dallas outshot Vancouver 29-28. The Stars were blanked on four power plays, while the Canucks could not convert on three. Four days later in Dallas, the Canucks won 4-3. Jason Garrison and Henrik Sedin scored third-period goals to help the Canucks overcome a 2-1 second-period deficit. The Canucks broke a 2-2 tie by scoring twice within a 1:46 span early in the third period.

WagerWeb.com trends: Canucks are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. Canucks are 6-1 in their last 7 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. Stars are 6-0 in their last 6 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game. Stars are 5-1 in their last 6 overall. Over is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings. Canucks are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Dallas. Canucks are 12-4 in the last 16 meetings.

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