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.
Lightning Defeat WinnipegThe 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.
“After I scored the second goal, the guys on the bench, mainly Stammer and Patty, were saying to Coop, ‘He’s got two. Put him out there.’”— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) January 20, 2020
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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 StreakThe 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 team comes first no matter what."— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) January 22, 2020
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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.