Tonight the Dallas Stars head to Vancouver to face the Canucks, where Dallas hopes to regain the stregnth they had at the begining of the season.

It wasn't all that long ago that the Dallas Stars and the Vancouver Canucks were just separated by a few points in the standings in NHL betting action. However, one team has since fallen flat, while the other one has run away and hid from the rest of the conference at the top. Dallas will try to reverse those NHL trends tonight at General Motors Place in a game that will start at 10:00 ET from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Shocking Stars Have Serious Issues

Vancouver CanucksThe fundamentals of hockey are just working against the Dallas Stars right now. The bottom line is that it is giving up too many goals and not scoring nearly enough. We know that this sounds awfully elementary and doesn't provide any real insight, but that's the real problem with the Stars at this point.

The front two lines for this team are great, as Brad Richards, Loui Eriksson, Mike Ribeiro, Brendan Morrow, James Neal, and Jamie Benn have combined to score 111 goals on the campaign. The rest of the team combined only has 51 goals. Defensively, the Stars have allowed the second most goals in the division at 166, a mark that also only ranks No. 16 in the league.

If the playoffs were to start today, Dallas would be tied for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference with 68 points. The good news is that it is only three points back in the Pacific Division. The bad news is that it was six points up on all four teams just a few weeks ago and has really fallen flat since that point.

Canucks Shoot for 200 On Saturday

With three goals on Saturday night, the Vancouver Canucks will become the first team this year to score 200 goals for the season. Considering the fact that that is something that has happened in four straight home games, consider it a distinct possibility.

Of course, it really helps when you have one of the best lines in hockey on your side. Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Ryan Kesler are just amazing, and there is very little stopping this very talented and very cohesive threesome. Kesler is second in the NHL in goals this year with 33, and he has 23 helpers to boot on the campaign. Henrik is the league leader in assists with 56, and he is third in points with 69. Daniel has 30 goals, tied for third in the NHL, and his 44 assists is fourth in the league. His 74 points leaves him just one short of the great Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Of course, it also helps that there are five others that have at least 30 points on the campaign as well, including a pair of defensemen in Christian Ehrhoff (10 goals, 26 assists) and Alexander Edler (8 goals, 24 assists).

All NHL Betting Signs Point To Vancouver Victory

The favorite has gone 13-3 over the predicted NHL odds for the course of the last 16 in this series, something that has already shown up three times this season. Unfortunately for the Stars, Vancouver has been favored all three times. The truth of the matter is that none of these games have been particularly close either. The two games in Dallas have ended with 4-1 final scores in favor of the visitors, while the one trip here to General Motors Place ended with a 7-1 triumph for the hosts.

Even though we have to lay -195 on the NHL odds, there's just no way that we can ignore the Canucks in this one. They're just playing too well, and Dallas is playing too poorly to forget about, and that should lead to a sixth straight triumph in this series for the Canucks. Bet the Canucks at your favorite sportsbook.