The NHL has a great slate games throughout Saturday. Ten games are up on the board throughout February 13. One of these games will be between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Dallas Stars. These two teams have been solid throughout the early part of this season, which should lead to a great game. This game will drop the puck at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
Carolina has opened up this season with a record of 8-3-0, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Central Division. The Hurricanes are coming off a win in their last game and will look to keep it going on in this one. Carolina has been able to grab a hot start in the Central Division and will look to move up more in the standings.
The Stars have put up a record of 5-3-3 to this point in the season, which has them in the sixth seed in the Central Division. Dallas had a really hot start to the season, but have lost their last four games. The Stars have lost six of their last seven and will look to turn it around in this one. If Dallas can come out hot in this one, they could get back in the win column.
These two teams have earned strong starts to the season, but it has been the Hurricanes who have nabbed a playoff spot early. Dallas needs to end this slide quickly if they want to get back into the Central Division playoff race. I expect both teams to try and come out quickly in this one as they meet in the second half of a back to back.
The Hurricanes and the Stars have met up three times so far this season. Carolina hosted the first game on January 30. Joe Pavelski scored the lone goal for Dallas, which was not enough for the win. Vincent Trocheck finished with two goals and an assist. Sebastian Aho and Marin Necas each had two assists on the night to help give the Hurricanes a 4-1 win.
The second meeting stayed in Carolina on January 31. Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist, while Andrew Cogliano and Jamie Oleksiak each scored as well. Jordan Staal finished with a goal and an assist. Brock McGinn and Nino Niederreiter each had a goal as well as this game went into a shootout. Dougie Hamilton and Vincent Trocheck each scored in the shootout to lift the Hurricanes to a 4-3 win.
The most recent game was in Dallas on February 11. Denis Gurianov and Jason Robertson each had two assists, but the Stars could not earn the win. Sebastian Aho and Jordan Staal each had a goal and an assist on the night. Brett Pesce and Vincent Trocheck added two assists as well. James Reimer stopped 34 of 37 shots to lead Carolina to a 5-3 win.
Carolina has jumped out to a 3-0 series lead this season, but it was the Stars who won both games against the Hurricanes last season. Dallas will look to turn it around in this one as they try to knock off Carolina. The Stars were up 3-2, but gave up three unanswered goals to end the night. Dallas will look to play a more complete game on Saturday to look for the win.
The Hurricanes special teams unit has had a strong start to this new season. Carolina has scored on 9 of their 37 power play chances, which is a 24.3 success rate. The Hurricanes have given up 8 goals on their opponents 41 power play opportunities, which is an 80.5 percent kill rate. Carolina will look to keep up their special teams play in this one.
Dallas has been lethal on the power play, while their penalty kill has been solid as well. The Stars have capitalized on 15 of their 45 power play attempts, which is a 33.3 percent success rate. Dallas has killed of 36 of the 46 penalties against them, which is a 78.3 percent penalty kill. The Stars will look to step up on the penalty kill to give themselves the edge.
Both of these teams have been dangerous on the power play this season, but Carolina has had the better penalty kill. The Hurricanes will look to shut down Dallas’ power play in this one to help give themselves the edge. If the Stars can get going on the power play on Saturday though, it might be enough for the win.
I expect James Reimer to get the start in the crease for Carolina on Saturday night. Reimer has earned a record of 6-1 through his games played this season. He has put up a .889 save percentage and a GAA of 3.11 in those games. Reimer’s last start was on Thursday night against Dallas, where he stopped 34 of 37 shots to help give the Hurricanes the win.
Jake Oettinger will likely get the start between the pipes for the Stars in this one. Oettinger has started in four games this season, going 2-0-2 in those games. He has posted a save percentage of .919 and a 2.19 GAA so far. Oettinger’s last start was against the Chicago Blackhawks, where he turned away 27 of 29 shots in the overtime loss.
Oettinger has had a strong start to this season with his save percentage, while Reimer has struggled a bit in the save percentage category, but has been solid in terms of wins. Reimer will look to keep that up with a victory in this one. I expect the Stars to try and do better on defense after giving up five goals against the Hurricanes on Thursday night.
These two teams have had solid starts to the season, but it has been a tough stretch for the Stars. Dallas has lost four games in a row and three straight to the Hurricanes. Carolina will look to build on that in this one. I think that the Stars can come out stronger in this one though as they look to finally get back into the win column.
BetOnline has the Hurricanes listed as a -118 against the money line in this one. This implies that Carolina will win this game around 54.1 percent of the time. I think that this game is going to be a close one. I really like the Stars to turn it around on Saturday night. As underdogs at home, the value makes Dallas a really good pick in this one.