Monday evening NHL action and the Central Division will square off with the Metro Division as the Dallas Stars rumble with the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Stars enter this contest off a 5-0 home win over the Islanders, while the Hurricanes are off a 4-3 OT loss at home against the Blackhawks. Goalie Probables: The Stars will be sending out Ben Bishop in this one and the Hurricanes will counter with Scott Darling.
Defense Stands Tall In Win Over The Islanders
Defense has not been the name of the game for the Stars the last year plus, but they have been far better at that end of the ice this year and that defense was highly impressive in their 5-0 win over the Islanders on Friday evening. The Islanders have been one of the best offensive teams this year, but they were able to muster just 14 shots in the game as the Dallas defense just clamped down on them. Stopping all 14 shots that he faced in the game was Ben Bishop, who is now 7-4 with a 2.48 GAA and a .915 save percentage on the year, while on the road he has gone 2-3 with a 3.70 GAA and a .888 save percentage. In his career, he has gone 63-60 with a 2.60 GAA on the road and 24-18 with a 2.12 GAA during the month of November, plus he has gone 35-18 with a 2.28 GAA against the Metro Division, while against the Hurricanes in his career he has gone 8-2 with a 1.89 GAA. Scoring for the Stars in the win was John Klingberg, which was his 4th of the year, Gemel Smith, which was his 1st of the year, Esa Lindell, which was his 4th, Mattias Janmark, which was his 4th and Jason Spezza, which was his 1st of the year. The Stars have gone 3-5 on the road.
Dallas has been below average on offense so far as they come in ranked 17th in the league in scoring at 2.94 gpg, while also ranking 17th in shots taken (31.6 spg) and 1st in power play conversions, converting on 31.2% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been very solid as they come in ranked 8th in goals allowed, giving up 2.69 gpg, while also ranking 2nd in shots allowed (28.8 spg) and 3rd in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 12.5% of their chances.
Canes Fall To Blackhawks In OT
The Carolina Hurricanes continue to struggle in the early part of the season as they come in off a 4-3 home loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in OT. The Canes are now just 6-9 on the year and in last place in the Metro Division. They just aren’t playing well right now and it starts with an offense that has now failed to score more than three goals in seven straight games. They have done well at the other end of the ice as they have allowed just seven goals in their last four games. Scoring in the loss to the Blackhawks was Brock McGinn, who scored twice in the game and now has five on the year and Jeff Skinner, which was his 8th of the year. The Canes did have a 3-1 lead in the game, but they just couldn’t hold on to it and they are now just 2-5 at home. Taking the loss against the Blackhawks was Scott Darling, who allowed four goals on 30 shot attempts to fall to 4-7 with a 2.49 GAA and a .906 save percentage on the year overall, including 2-4 with a 2.75 GAA and a .898 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 21-14 with a 2.17 GAA in his home games and 4-5 with a 2.10 GAA during the month of November, while against the Central Division he has gone 11-14 with a 2.93 GAA, including 2-2 with a 2.93 GAA against the Stars.
Carolina enters this game ranked 22nd in the league in scoring 2.67 gpg, while also ranking 2nd in shots taken (36.6 spg) and 29th in power play conversions, converting on 13.0% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been solid so far as they come in ranked 11th in goals allowed, giving up 2.73 gpg, while also ranking 3rd in shots allowed (29.2 spg) and 22nd in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 21.4% of their chances.
- 15-7 in their last 22 Monday games
- 5-1 in their last six road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400
- 0-6 their last six games vs the Western Conference
- 1-4 in their last five in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation
The Carolina Hurricanes are really struggling, while the Dallas Stars come in having won four of their last six games, but they are just 3-5 on the road so far. The Hurricanes have had many issues on offense this year and the Stars have been very good at that end of the ice so far. Ben Bishop has been very good for them in the crease and he is 8-2 with a 1.89 GAA in his career against the Hurricanes. Scott Darling has gone 2-4 with a 2.75 GAA at home for the year and he is 2-2 with a 2.93 GAA in his career against the Stars. I look for Dallas to take this one, especially since they have won five of their last six games here in Carolina.