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#78 Dallas Stars 6
Monday, January 27, 2020 at 8:05pm EST
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Written by Philly Flash

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars

Where: American Airlines Center

When: Monday, January 27, 2020, 8:00 pm ET

We have a non-conference NHL matchup to consider for Monday evening when the Tampa Bay Lightning meet the Dallas Stars for game two of their two-game season series. The Lightning has lost game one of this series and enter this matchup coming off a 7-1 road win over Winnipeg. Dallas defeated Tampa Bay 4-3 in game one and is hoping to end a two-game losing streak when they host Tampa Bay.

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Lightning Defeat Winnipeg

The Lightning has won three of its last five games and Monday marks game three of a six-game road trip. Tampa Bay is 14-8-2 this season away from home and if the regular season were to end today the Lightning would be the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Tampa Bay power-play unit is second in the NHL with a 27.5 percent success rate while the penalty kill unit is fourth in the National Hockey League with an 83.2 percent penalty kill rate this season.

Andrei Vasilevskiy is scheduled to man the crease on Monday evening and he has a 24-9-2 record with a 2.54 GAA and 91 percent save percentage. Vasilevskiy stopped 30 0f 31 shots faced in a 7-1 road win over the Winnipeg Jets for his tenth victory in as many starts.

Stars Two Game Losing Streak

The Stars have won two of its last five games and if the regular season were to end today, Dallas would be the third seed in the Western Conference. Monday marks game one of a two-game homestand and the Stars boast a home record of 15-7-2 this season. A victory Monday gives Dallas a season series sweep over the Lightning and a terrific start to the homestand.

The Dallas power-play unit is sixteenth in the NHL with a 19.7 percent success rate while the penalty kill unit is ninth in the National Hockey League with an 82.3 percent penalty kill rate this season.

Ben Bishop will likely start between the pipes for Dallas and he is 16-10-3 this season with a 2.28 GAA and 92 percent save percentage. Bishop stopped 12 of 15 shots on goal over 35 minutes in a 7-0 road loss to Minnesota and his second loss in as many starts.

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The Stars should win this matchup on Monday. Dallas is a good hockey team at home and ended the first half of the season with a pair of losses and I look for them to get back on track at home against Tampa Bay. They will have their work cut out for them but Bishop has been really good as has his blueline and I look for Dallas to come out on top in what should be a very close game. Vasilevskiy is as tough as they come but I will be going with Dallas to defeat Tampa Bay in this matchup.

Prediction: Dallas

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I will go with the Over in this one. Over the last ten games of this rivalry, the over is 8-1-1 and I don’t see any reason to buck this trend. The total should be low because of the goaltending but Tampa Bay has an explosive offense and I suspect the final score will end in a 4-3 Dallas victory. Tampa Bay has the better special teams and Dallas isn’t exactly chopped liver in that department. I will play OVER in this matchup on Monday.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Phil Naessens , "Philly Flash"

Phil Naessens is a professional high-performance tennis coach, writer, and radio host currently based in Cleveland Ohio. Phil is also known as “Fantasy Phil” and has a high level of experience as a former professional Daily Fantasy Sports player with 18 GPP wins. He is now solely focused on sports handicapping and sports betting and has joined OUR TEAM to help everyone win on a consistent basis.