The Arizona Coyotes (27-35-13) will be out to end their losing run when they play host to the Dallas Stars (40-20-14) at Mullett Arena on Friday. Dallas is coming off a 4-1 win over the Blackhawks on Tuesday. The Stars committed only two penalties in the game, holding Chicago without a power play goal.
Four players found the net for the Stars. Jake Oettinger had a great performance with 17 saves (.944%) in the win.Arizona lost for the fifth game in a row, falling 5-4 to the Oilers on Monday. Barrett Hayton and Matias Maccelli both scored twice for the Coyotes. Karel Vejmelka saved only 24 of 29 shots against (.827%) in the loss.
HEAD TO HEAD
The Stars have won all three games between the teams this season, including a 4-2 victory in their most recent meeting on March 1, their third straight win against Arizona. Tyler Seguin led Dallas with three points (2G 1A). Juuso Valimaki led Arizona with two points (0G 2A). Oettinger got the win, saving 18 of 20 shots (.900%).
Dallas is averaging 3.41 goals per game for the season, ninth in the NHL, and they are taking on a Coyotes team that is allowing 3.44 goals a game (23rd). Meanwhile, Arizona has found the net 2.77 times a game on average, 27th in the league, and the Stars are allowing opponents to score 2.73 goals per game (7th).
Arizona averages fewer shots a game (25.7) than any other team in the league, though the team’s 10.9% shooting percentage ranks seventh. With an average of 32.2 attempts, Dallas ranks 11th.
Look for multiple power play opportunities for the Stars, as the Coyotes have been penalized 4.47 times a game, third-most in the NHL, for an average of 10.85 minutes (seventh-highest). The visitors are averaging 3.47 penalties (26th) and 8.01 penalty minutes a game (25th).
The Stars’ 23.25% power play percentage ranks eighth in the league, while the Coyotes are 23rd with a conversion rate of 19.18%. Dallas has been equally strong at penalty killing, boasting the league’s fourth-highest PK% at 83.63%. Arizona ranks 24th at 75.35%.
With 91 points this season, 10th-most in the NHL, Jason Robertson is the top skater for the Stars. He is among the league leaders with 41 goals (8th) and has added 50 assists. In the net, Oettinger (32-10-11) is Dallas’ top goaltender by goals against average.
He has a 2.47 GAA and a .917% save percentage.Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes in scoring with 81 points. He has 36 goals and 45 assists in 75 games. Connor Ingram (6-13-8) has the best goals against average for Arizona at 3.36. He has a save percentage of .907%. Vejmelka (18-22-5) has played the most games in net for the Coyotes this season. He has a 3.37 GAA and a .902% save percentage.
HOME AND AWAY
Dallas is 22-10-5 away from American Airlines Center this season. Arizona is 20-12-4 at Mullett Arena this season.
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