The Arizona Coyotes (23-50-7) take a short trip to face the Dallas Stars (45-30-5) Wednesday at American Airlines Center. Puck drop is slated for 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+). Below, we look at the Coyotes vs. Stars odds and lines, and make our expert NHL picks, predictions and bets.
Arizona showed out with a 5-3 victory Tuesday over the Minnesota Wild as +473 underdogs. The Coyotes rattled off 4 third-period goals to outlast the Wild, who are still fighting for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Dallas is 1 point from cementing their place in the Stanley Cup playoffs. With a win or a trip to overtime, they’ll end the Vegas Golden Knights’ season. The Stars have won 2 in a row, both by 3-2 counts. LW Jason Robertson has led the charge with 4 goals and 3 assists in the last 4 games.
Coyotes at Stars odds and lines
- Money line: Coyotes +370 (bet $100 to win $370) | Stars -520 (bet $520 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Coyotes +2.5 (-115) | Stars -2.5 (-107)
- Over/Under (O/U): 5.5 (O: -145 | U: +115)
Coyotes at Stars projected goalies
Harri Sateri (0-2-1, 5.88 GAA, .822 SV%) vs. Scott Wedgewood (13-15-5, 3.11 GAA, .910 SV%, 1 SO)
Sateri has made 3 starts this season and has allowed 5 goals or more in each. He stopped 28 of 32 shots Saturday against the St. Louis Blues. The 32-year-old Fin has just 13 career NHL starts with his last stint in the league coming in 2017-18 with the Florida Panthers.
Wedgewood is 3-1-2 with a 2.91 GAA and .917 SV% since coming over via trade from the Coyotes. He saved 45 of 49 shots fired at him by Edmonton in a 5-2 loss a week ago. This is his first game against his former club.
Dallas needs this game, and the books know it. We’re going to PASS on the -520.
Against the spread
The Stars are not a good puck-line team at 33-46 on the season. They have just 3 wins by 2 or more goals since January. On this line, they’d have to win by 3. Both teams played Tuesday and could be tired with overtime a possibility. I might throw a small wager on the prop bet “WILL GAME GO TO OVERTIME?” YES (+360). Otherwise, take COYOTES +2.5 (-115).
The Under has cashed in 5 straight between these two. It has already come down from a 6.5 total, so this one is a bit risky. Dallas has scored more than 3 goals once in the last 10 games. They are the epitome of the 3-2 scores you sweat out late. The Under is 6-0 in the last 6 in Dallas and 5-0 in the last 5 in Dallas when the Stars were favored. Go lightly here, but LEAN UNDER 5.5 (+115).