The Dallas Stars will host the Vancouver Canucks in a Western Conference tilt Tuesday night from the American Airlines Center. The Canucks fell 5-4 in overtime to the Avalanche on Saturday, and the Stars came through with a 5-4 overtime road win against the Jets in their previous game. Dallas just tallied a 4-2 road win against Vancouver last week.
Canucks Open Road Trip on Losing Note
The Vancouver Canucks open a tough six-game road trip in this one. The Canucks just went 1-2-1 in their recent homestand which concluded with a 5-4 overtime home loss to the Avalanche. Overall the Canucks are starting to stumble, dropping six out of their last seven games overall. Elias Pettersson enters this one riding a three-game point streak. The 21-year old center is one of the best young players in the game, and he has recorded 25 points in 21 games on the season. Pettersson posted an assist in the loss to Dallas last week.
Bo Horvat hasn’t been productive this month, logging four assists and zero goals in his last nine games. The sixth-year center has scored over 20 goals three times in his young career. Horvat stands fourth in team points with six goals and nine assists on the season. Vancouver has fared well on the road where they own a 5-5-1 record on the season. Brandon Sutter and Micheal Ferland remain out of the lineup
The Canucks have been giving Thatcher Demko plenty of starts in net, although Jacob Markstrom still has more starts. Markstrom is carrying 2.59 GAA and a .914 save percentage to go with a 5-5-3 record, while Demko has a 2.50 GAA and a .916 save percentage. The Canucks are currently averaging 3.2 goals, ranking them 13th in the NHL. They are conceding an average of 2.7 goals, good for sixth overall.
Red-Hot Stars Target Fourth Consecutive Victory
The Dallas Stars are one of the hottest teams in the entire NHL. They have won 10 out of their last 12 games overall after a slow start. The Stars return home for a four-game homestand after going 3-0-1 in their recent road trip which included a 4-2 win in Vancouver and a 5-4 overtime win in Edmonton on Saturday.
Stars’ point leader Tyler Seguin is locked in, collecting five points in his last two games, and he has seven points on the month. The 27-year old center now has five goals and 11 assists on the season. Seguin tallied a goal and an assist in last week’s win against the Canucks.
Joe Pavelski took a while to find his groove in his first season with the Stars, but he is playing well now, netting four points in his last three games. The 13-year veteran center has moved up to third in team points with 12 on the year. Dallas stands at 5-3-0-1 on home ice. Defenseman John Klingberg remains out with a lower-body injury.
The Stars have been rotating between Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin between the pipes. Both goalies feature similar numbers. Khudobin has started the last two games and is sporting a 2.31 GAA and a .921 save percentage, and Bishop holds a 2.29 GAA and a .825 save percentage accompanied with a 6-5-1 record. Dallas is scoring an average of 2.6 goals, ranking them 28th in the NHL. They are holding opponents to 2.4 goals, good for third overall.
The Vancouver Canucks are:
- 5-15 in their last 20 games against the Stars.
- 1-6 in their last 7 games overall.
- 1-4 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are as follows: The Dallas Stars are:
- 7-3 in their last 10 home games against the Canucks.
- 7-1 in their last 8 games overall.
- 5-1 in their last 6 games as a favorite.