The Detroit Red Wings (2-4-1) will stay at the American Airlines Center on Thursday night to take on the Dallas Stars (3-0-0). These two teams played their first game of this two-game set as the Stars won Tuesday night 2-1 in overtime. Detroit scored a goal midway through the first period as Vladislav Namestnikov scored his first goal of the year to make it 1-0. In the early stages of the second period, John Klingberg scored his first goal of the season on a power play to tie the score. 92 seconds into overtime, Jason Dickinson scored his first goal of the season for the Stars to win 2-1. Dallas has looked incredibly well in their early season as they dealt with some COVID issues before the start of their season.
These teams seem to be at different stages of contention for this season as Detroit is still rebuilding while Dallas is in contention for the Stanley Cup after losing in the Finals last season. Let’s take a deeper look into this game and figure out where we should be placing our wagers.
Larkin Leads the WayThe Detroit Red Wings have been solid in the early stages of this season and one of the reasons is the play of center Dylan Larkin, who has been playing extremely well to begin the season. With the health protocol forcing Robbie Fabbri and Darren Helm to miss games, there has been a need for Detroit to show off their roster depth at the center position and rely on Larkin more. He leads the team in points with six (three goals, three assists) this season and just snapped his streak of recording at least one point in his last three games played. In the last game against the Dallas Stars, he did not have a lot of production as he did not record a point and had just one shot attempt in 17:04 on the ice. Larkin has shown the ability to be a versatile player and it’ll be difficult to go up against one of the best defenses in the league.
Thomas Greiss and Jonathan Bernier have split time in the net this season for the Red Wings and haven’t been playing particularly well as a goalie unit. Greissl got the nod in the goal in the first game against the Stars, he allowed two goals on 22 shots in an overtime loss. He should remain in goal after a decent game in the net, even in a losing effort. On the season, he allowed 10 goals on 120 shots. Detroit, as a team, has allowed 22 goals this season, which is 20th in the league. They have given up more than league average in power-play goals (6) and goals (22), so this defense could be an issue as the games continue. Dallas isn’t a threat scoring the puck so this could be a good game for them to turn their defense around.
Keeping Solid with PavelskiThe Dallas Stars have been solid in the early stages of this season and one of the reasons is the play of center Joe Pavelski, who has been playing extremely well to begin the season. With a handful of players listed on the injury report, there has been a need for Dallas to show off their roster depth as a whole and continue their winning ways. He leads the team in goals, assists, and points as he has with eight points (three goals, five assists) this season and should be the early favorite for the Conn Smythe Award. In the last game against the Detroit Red Wings, he did not have a lot of production as he had an assist and two shot attempts in 20:20 on the ice. Pavelski has been playing like a create a player at this point and should be able to add some more points to his statistics by the end of the game.
Anton Khudobin has been the only player in the goal for the Dallas Stars up to this point of the season. He had a good game in his last outing against the Red Wings, he allowed one goal on 21 shots in an overtime victory. On the season, he allowed three goals on 72 shots. The Stars have allowed three goals this season, which is the fewest in the league. To be fair, they didn’t play many games so far this season. The defense has been solid, even as it was shortened in power plays as they allowed one goal on 12 attempts. Detroit isn’t a threat scoring the puck as they are bottom-five in the league so this could be another huge game for Dallas.
From Covers.com Dallas: 4-1 in their last 5 games Dallas: 5-0 in their last 5 games as a favorite
Detroit: 12-46 in their last 58 games Detroit: 19-42 in their last 61 games on 1 days rest