Dallas Stars Seek To Carry On Win Streak Against Jets

With a win to send them into the All-Star break and then a trampling of Toronto, the Dallas Stars are on the hunt for their third win in a row as they continue their homestand.

The break seems to have done the Stars a world of good, but remembering their record after a win, we’ll keep our fingers crossed that they are finally ready to make the most of the rest of the reason.

Fox Sports Southwest (FSSW) and 1310AM/96.7FM The Ticket will be broadcasting the game. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT from the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Records and Scores

The Stars are sitting on a 21-20-10 record, officially starting part two of the season off with a home win when the Leafs came to town. With multiple other teams cooperating well by facing losses on the same night, the Stars advanced to just four points from third place in the Central Division, and only three points from the last Wildcard spot in the Conference.

The Winnipeg Jets are at a 24-25-4 record with several games out of hand against the Stars. However, they are a significant rival this season and are tied with the Stars for fifth place in the Conference with 52 points each.

Storylines

Checks and balances

The Stars have been getting some help from other teams lately as they’ve made some advancements on that last Wildcard spot. The Predators and the Blues both lose on Tuesday, so the Stars’ win against the Leafs had double importance.

Tonight, if the Blues should happen to fall again, whomever wins at the AAC tonight could find themselves in a playoff spot. The Blues are on a bit of a bumpy ride, with the firing of their coach mid-season. So with some great play on the Stars’ part, tonight could just swing in their favor.

Road warriors

The Jets have done reasonably well against the rest of the Central this year, with a 12-4-1 record against them and a 6-4-1 road record.  Though the Jets scored the second most goals of any NHL team in the month of January- 54- they also gave up the most, with 47.

Sounds like a vaguely Stars-esque philosophy, doesn’t it? In their last game, the Stars were determined to score early and often, so much that when the Leafs started producing and playing their game, the Stars were too far ahead to catch. Tonight, we’ll perhaps get to see which team is better at the same game.

Power to the players

The Stars have had a small problem with giving up petty penalties that turn into power play goals for their opponents. The Jets, too, have the highest occurrence of shorthanded situations in the third period, having allowed 64 power plays in that time.

Since the third period is often the trouble-child for Dallas, they could use this shortcoming to their advantage by playing smart and not giving up penalties, but being wise in drawing them, especially in the third period, to bolster their lead or mount their comeback attempts.

Watch out for streakers

The Jets have several players to watch tonight. Mark Scheifele has moved into fifth in overall NHL scoring, and has yet to not score back to back points in games since early December. He and Patrik Laine both scored in their victory over St. Louis on Tuesday, while Bryan Little is riding on a 6 game points streak.

The Stars have a couple of hot-handed players, too. Brett Ritchie and the rookie Devin Shore scored in Tuesday’s blowout against Toronto. Radek Faksa, Lauri Korpikoski, Jason Spezza, and Jamie Benn also scored, while Lehtonen blocked 40 shots and twelve Stars in all recorded points.

Seguin is also currently tied for seventh place in NHL scoring. With high-scorers on both teams, tonight should be a high-tally, exciting contest.

Injury Report

The Dallas Stars have Johnny Oduya (lower body), Jamie Oleksiak (hand), Mattias Janmark (knee), and Ales Hemsky (hip) on injured reserve.

The Jets will be without Tyler Myers (lower body), Marko Dano (lower body), Ben Chiarot (upper body), Drew Stafford (lower body) and Mathieu Perreault (upper body), who are all are on injured reserve.

Projected Lines

Dallas Stars

Jamie BennCody EakinPatrick Eaves

Antoine RousselJason SpezzaTyler Seguin

Devin ShoreRadek FaksaPatrick Sharp

Lauri KorpikoskiAdam CracknellBrett Ritchie

Esa LindellJohn Klingberg

Dan HamhuisJulius Honka

Jordie BennStephen Johns

Kari Lehtonen

Antti Niemi

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Winnipeg Jets

Nikolaj EhlersBryan LittlePatrik Laine

Andrew CoppMark ScheifeleBlake Wheeler

Shawn MatthiasAdam LowryJoel Armia

Brandon TanevNic PetanChris Thorburn

Josh MorrisseyDustin Byfuglien

Toby EnstromJacob Trouba

Mark StuartPaul Postma

Ondrej Pavelec

Connor Hellebuyck

Predictions

The Dallas Stars are making their way back to the “we can always outscore you” era. Since that seems to be the Jets’ current gameplan too, expect it to be a high-scoring game… or, if the goalies are prepared for this outcome, a very low scoring one! Either way, I have the Stars pulling ahead 4-2 to extend their win streak to three.

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