The Dallas Stars will remain at the BB&T Center on Thursday night to take on the Florida Panthers. These teams have played twice, including on Wednesday afternoon when the Stars won a 3-0 shutout where John Klingberg, Esa Lindell, and Joel Kiviranta each scored a goal. The Dallas Stars (6-4-4, 16 points) are tied for sixth in the Central Division and are under .500 on the road with a 2-3-1 record away from Dallas. The Stars snapped a six-game losing streak with their shutout win over the Panthers. The Panthers (12-4-2. 26 points) are on top of the Central Division and are 4-2 in their last six games.
The Stars and Panthers have played similar as they have scored seven combined goals in their first two games against each other (Dallas 4, Florida 3). Let’s take a deeper dive into the numbers to decide where we should be placing our wagers.
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 and points as he has 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) this season and should be the early favorite for the Conn Smythe Award. In the last game against the Florida Panthers, he did not have a lot of production as he had a goal on two shot attempts in 16:54 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 and Jake Oettinger have played inside the goal for the Dallas Stars up to this point of the season. Oettinger has been playing decent in his limited action in his rookie season. He had a good game against the Florida Panthers, he allowed three goals on 21 shots in a victory. The Stars have allowed just 37 goals this season, which is the fourth fewest in the league. The defense has been solid, even as it was shortened in power plays as they allowed 11 goals on 53 attempts. Florida is a threat scoring the puck so this could be a defensive showing for Dallas, who just shut the Panthers out a day ago.
Assist Me PleaseThe Florida Panthers have been solid in the early stages of this season and one of the reasons is the play of left winger Jonathan Huberdeau, who has been playing extremely well to begin the season. Only Noel Acciari is listed on the injury report so this is one of the healthiest points of the season for the team. He is tied for seventh in the NHL in assists and points as he has 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) this season and has played extremely well as of late. In the last game against the Dallas Stars, he did not have a lot of production as he had an assist on four shots attempts in 19:55 on the ice. Huberdeau has been one of the best players in the last few weeks and should be able to add some more points to his statistics by the end of the game.
Chris Driedger and Sergei Bobrovsky have played inside the goal for the Florida Panther up to this point of the season. Driedger has been one of the best goalies in the league this season as had a good game against the Dallas Stars, he allowed two goals on 25 shots in a victory. The Stars have allowed just 48 goals this season, which is 12th in the league. The defense has been solid, even as it was shortened in power plays as they allowed 10 goals on 49 attempts. Dallas is a threat scoring the puck so this could be a defensive showing for Florida.
- Florida: 4-2 in their last 6 games
- Florida: 9-4 in their last 13 games played on 0 days rest
- Dallas: 1-6 in their last 7 games
- Dallas: 23-50 in their last 73 games in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation