The Dallas Stars begin their season against the Nashville Predators (2-0-0) on Thursday at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville beat the Sharks 3-2 on Saturday. Nino Niederreiter scored twice to lead the Predators. Kevin Lankinen stopped 31 of 33 shots (.939%) in the win.
HEAD TO HEAD
The Predators won three of the four games between the teams last season, including a 2-1 victory in their final meeting in March. Ryan Johansen led Nashville with two points (1G 1A). Juuse Saros got the win, saving 22 of 23 shots (.957%).
Dallas averaged 2.84 goals per game last season, 21st in the NHL, and they are taking on a Predators team that allowed 3.05 goals a game (17th). Meanwhile, Nashville found the net 3.20 times a game on average, 12th in the league, and the Stars allowed opponents to score 2.98 goals per game (14th).The Stars converted 22.41% of their power play opportunities (11th), while Nashville’s 79.23% penalty kill percentage ranked 18th. The Predators scored on 24.42% of their power play chances (6th). Dallas’ PK% of 79.00 ranked No. 19.
With 81 points last season, Joe Pavelski was the top skater for the Stars. He had 27 goals and 54 assists in 82 games. Jake Oettinger (30-15-1) is Dallas’ top returning goaltender. He had a 2.53 GAA and a .914% save percentage. With three points so far this season, Niederreiter is the top scorer for the Preds. He has three goals in two games. Saros (1-0-0) is Nashville’s leading goaltender with a 1.00 GAA and a .968% save percentage.
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