The NHL is set up for a solid night of action on Monday night. A total of nine games are up on the board for March 25. One of the top games up will be between the Dallas Stars and the Winnipeg Jets, who are both currently sitting in playoff spots. This should heighten the intensity as this is a potential first round matchup. The puck is set to drop at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
Dallas has started out this season with a record of 38-31-6, which currently has them sitting in fourth place of the Central Division. The Stars are sitting in the top wild card spot, but they are only three points ahead of the Arizona Coyotes, who are sitting outside of the playoff picture right now. Dallas has lost their last two games and four of their last five games. The Stars will like to turn it around with a big road win on Monday night.
The Jets have clinched a playoff spot with a record of 45-26-4 so far this season. Winnipeg is currently sitting in the top spot of the Central Division. The Jets have won their last game and five of their last six games. Winnipeg will look to keep the top spot in the Central Division with another win at home on Monday night.
Monday night’s matchup between the Stars and the Jets will be the fourth and final game of the season series. Winnipeg is looking to keep up their lead in the Central Division, while the Stars are trying to keep their spot in the wild card position. Dallas has been playing poorly as of late, but I believe that they could turn it around on Monday night with a win.
The first meeting of the season series between the Stars and the Jets was hosted by Dallas on October 6. Kyle Connor scored the lone goal for Winnipeg in the matchup. Tyler Seguin went off for two goals and two assists. Jamie Benn scored twice and added an assist, while Alexander Radulov had a goal and two assists. Ben Bishop turned away 32 of 33 shots to help give the Stars a 5-1 win at home.
The second game of the season series shifted to Winnipeg on January 6. Alexander Radulov was able to put up another goal against the Jets. Bryan Little had a goal and an assist, while Josh Morrissey scored a goal and an assist. Jacob Trouba had two assists for the Jets, while Kyle Connor was able to score again. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 26 of 27 shots to help give Winnipeg a 5-1 win.
The third and most recent game of the season series shifted back to Dallas on January 19. Kyle Connor and Brenden Lemieux each scored a goal for the Jets, but it would not be enough. Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist. Esa Lindell and John Klingberg each had two assists to help give the Stars the win. Ben Bishop had 27 saves on 29 shots as Dallas earned a 4-2 win.
The home team has won the first three games of the season series, which means that Dallas has a 2-1 lead in the season series. I believe that the Stars could be the first road team to win this season’s series. Dallas has put up two impressive performances against a strong Jets team this season. I believe they could do a similar thing on Monday night.
Dallas has not been doing great on the power play to this point in the season. The Stars have been able to score on around 18.7 percent of the time. Dallas has been doing above average when it comes to their penalty kill to this point in the season. The Stars have stopped their opponents on around 82.3 percent of their power play chances this season.
The Jets have put up a really strong performance on the power play to this point in the season. Winnipeg has scored on around 25.3 percent of their power play opportunities. The Jets penalty kill has been a little bit below the league average. Winnipeg’s penalty kill has stopped their opponents on 79.7 percent of power plays against them.
Winnipeg has been doing much better on the power play this season, but the Stars have had a solid penalty kill, which could slow them down. The Jets penalty kill has also struggled a bit, which could give Dallas a chance to get their struggling power play going this season.
I believe that Ben Bishop will get the nod in net for the Stars on Monday night. Bishop has put up a record of 25-15-2 to this point in the season. He has a save percentage of .932 and a 2.05 GAA this season. Bishop will look to put up another really strong performance to help give Dallas a win on Monday night.
Connor Hellebuyck will likely start for the Jets on Monday night. Hellebuyck has earned a record of 32-20-2 at this point in the season. In those games, he has posted a .913 save percentage and a GAA of 2.87 so far this season. Hellebuyck has put up some solid numbers, but he will look to up his game as they approach the playoffs.
I believe that Bishop could give the Stars a slight edge in net to this point in the season. Bishop has put up Vezina Finalist like numbers to this point in the season. Hellebuyck has put up plenty of strong performances to this point in the season, which he will look to do again to shut down Winnipeg.
The Stars have a 2-1 edge in the season series against Winnipeg and I believe they can extend that lead with a bounce back win on Monday night. If Dallas’ special teams can keep up with the Jets, I believe they have a really good job to take over. The Stars have an advantage in net as well, which I believe they can use to help them.
BetOnline has Winnipeg listed as a -154 against the money line, which implies that they will win this game around 60.5 percent of the time. The Stars have struggled a bit recently, but I believe that they can bounce back with a win on Monday night. Dallas has found success against the Jets this season and I believe they can do it again.