The Dallas Stars (39-19-14) host the Vancouver Canucks (32-34-5) at American Airlines Center on Saturday. Vancouver is coming off a high-scoring 7-2 win over the Sharks on Thursday. The Canucks committed only two penalties in the game, holding San Jose without a power play goal. Seven players found the net for the Canucks.
Thatcher Demko allowed two goals on 19 shots against (.894%) in the win. Dallas beat the Penguins 3-2 on Thursday. Joe Pavelski, Jamie Benn, and Roope Hintz each scored once for the Stars. Jason Robertson had two assists to lead the team in scoring. Jake Oettinger saved 40 of 42 shots in the win (.952%).
HEAD TO HEAD
The Canucks have won both games between the teams this season, including a 5-2 victory in their most recent meeting on March 14, their fifth straight win against Dallas. Brock Boeser led Vancouver with three points (0G 3A). Benn (1G 1A) and Miro Heiskanen (0G 2A) each had two points to lead Dallas. Demko got the win, saving 25 of 27 shots (.925%).
Vancouver is averaging 3.35 goals per game for the season, 11th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Stars team that is allowing 2.75 goals a game (8th).
Meanwhile, Dallas has found the net 3.43 times a game on average, eighth in the league, and the Canucks are allowing opponents to score 3.69 goals per game (27th).
The Stars’ 23.64% power play percentage ranks eighth in the league, while the Canucks are ninth with a conversion rate of 22.36%. Dallas has been stronger at penalty killing, boasting the league’s fifth-highest PK% at 83.33%. Vancouver ranks 32nd at 70.33%.
With 90 points this season, eighth-most in the NHL, Elias Pettersson is the top skater for the Canucks. He is among the league leaders with 57 assists (10th) and has added 33 goals of his own. In the net, Demko (10-13-2) is Vancouver’s top goaltender by goals against average.
He has a 3.30 GAA and a .896% save percentage. Spencer Martin (11-15-1) leads the Canucks in games played in goal. He has a GAA of 3.99 and a save percentage of .871%.
Robertson leads the Stars in scoring with 91 points (7th in the league). He has 41 goals (7th in the league) and 50 assists in 72 games. Oettinger (31-10-11) has the best goals against average for Dallas at 2.50. He has a save percentage of .917%.
HOME AND AWAY
Vancouver is 15-16-4 away from Rogers Arena this season. Dallas is 18-9-9 at American Airlines Center this season.
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Dallas Stars (-200)
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