Stars (21-16-12, 54 points) at Lightning (33-14-2, 68 points)
- Time: 4 PST – 6 CST – 7 EST
- Place: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
- TV: Bally Sports Southwest, Bally Sports Florida, NHL Center Ice
The Puck Drop:
The Dallas Stars know what it at stake in this evening’s visit to Tampa Bay as Dallas is two games back of the 4-seed Nashville Predators in the Central Division and can pull into a tie for the last playoff berth in this field.
Meanwhile for the Lightning, three points separate them and 1-seed Carolina, so potentially being able to jump the Panthers, who play in Chicago, and get into a position to regain a shot at the Hurricanes is serious motivation.
Dallas comes in playing it’s best hockey of the season in securing an 8-2-2 mark over it’s last 12 games while collecting 10 points which is spurring it’s playoff push.
Tampa Bay is 4-1 vs. Dallas on the season as three of the games have been decided by one goal while the Lightning have a pair of shutouts in the four wins.
All three of the Lightning’s remaining home games are against Dallas.
Last Time Out:
Dallas fell in it’s home finale to Carolina, 5-1, on Tuesday as the Hurricanes riddled goalie Anton Khudobin with 30 shots as the ‘Canes connected on two of three power play opportunities. Jason Robinson scored his 15th goal of the season, unassisted, at 7:45 in the second period.
The Lightning spanked the Blackhawks, 7-4, in Chicago, on Tuesday as Tampa Bay scored three goals in each of the first two periods. Andrei Vasilevskiy turned away 36 Blackhawks’ shots and recorded his NHL-leading 29th win while Brayden Point connected on his team-leading 21st goal of the season.
Vs. The Spread:
- The Stars are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 day rest
- The OVER has been the play last 6 games where it is the third game of three games in four days.
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas’ last 7 games
- The Lightning are 5-1 in last 6 games when the opponent allows 5 or more goals in the previous game
- The Lightning are 4-1 last 5 games after scoring 5 or more goals in the previous contest
- Tampa Bay is 13-5 SU in it’s last 18 home games
Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy and Anton Khudobin of Dallas line up between the pipes this evening where Khudobin has been hot of late in going 5-1-2 in his last eight games.
The lone loss was on Tuesday to the Hurricanes and that was the first time that he had given up more than three goals since back on March 11 when he gave up four to the Blackhawks. Tonight’s game will be Khudobin’s 100th in net for the Stars.
Vasilevskiy’s 36 saves on Tuesday night was the high of the season as he finished 7-0-0 this year against the Blackhawks and has never lost to Chicago (11-0-0) in his career.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Dallas Stars||+1½ (-180)||+145||5½ (+105)|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||-1½ +160||-165||5½ (-125)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
Head to Head:
Jason Robertson checks in with the Stars with 13 points over his last nine games where he has four goals and nine assists. That is the longest point streak by a rookie in Dallas Stars history.
Joe Pavelski has six points this season vs. Tampa Bay with one goal and five assists.
Brayden Point had a goal and two assists in the win over Chicago as it was his third straight game where he has scored three points as he once again matched a career high for points scored in two consecutive games.
Ondrej Palat has crafted a six-game points streak which is the fourth longest active streak in the NHL and with a point tonight, he will tied Point’s season long streak of seven. He is also only two games away from his career high in point streaks at eight.
Two of the NHL’s top power plays square off as the Lightning check in at fifth in the league with a 24.7 conversion percentage while Dallas stands in at 24 percent which is sixth in the league.
- Tampa Bay has power play goals from Alex Barre-Boulet and Alex Killorn in the last two games and the Lightning have a power play goal in five of the last eight outings.
- Dallas has three power play goals in it’s last five games as two came in a 7-3 loss to Detroit on April 22. The Stars went seven consecutive games without giving up a power play goal as that number fell when Carolina connected on Tuesday night.
Both teams’s have given up 28 power play goals, but the Lightning have afforded 28 more opportunities which is why they sit at ninth in the league with an 82.5 percentage while the Stars are 19th in the NHL (78.8%).