The Carolina Hurricanes continue their road trip in Dallas following an impressive appearance in Las Vegas against the Golden Knights. Impressive in the sense that they didn’t give up after getting behind by 2 goals. The Golden Knights got out to a quick 2-0 lead and then were in control with a 3-1 lead. That meant little, though, as the Hurricanes charged back to win in a shootout by a score of 6-5.
Marc-Andre Fleury must be much better than that between the pipes for the Golden Knights to have a chance. He’s been so hit and miss this season that the Golden Knights are not a team in the Pacific Division I’d feel confident about right now. And most of his misses have been since coming back from personal leave following his father’s death.
In any event, give credit for the Hurricanes for fighting back and collecting two points. Those are two big points for the Hurricanes. After the damage they did last season in the playoffs, there isn’t a team in the playoffs who would like to go to Raleigh. If the playoffs were to begin today, then the Hurricanes would be the first team out in the Eastern Conference.
With the Blue Jackets getting a point and the Flyers winning last night, they’re both two points ahead of the Hurricanes. The Islanders also won by a score of 5-3 against the Washington Capitals. There isn’t any room for error in Raleigh now, but I wouldn’t bet against them down the stretch. Given what they did last season, the Hurricanes are certainly capable of playing a clutch game of hockey when they need it.
That was the case in a hostile environment in Las Vegas against the Golden Knights on Saturday, as they advanced to 32-20-3 on the season. They were also winners against the Arizona Coyotes a couple of days before. The Hurricanes have won three of their last four games, so things have been going well for them.
Dallas are coming off a huge win of their own, as they upset the St. Louis Blues in overtime, 3-2, at the Enterprise Center. The Stars are one of those teams who can be dangerous, though they need to find consistency offensively. They typically haven’t needed much offence to find wins, especially at home, though. Head below for our free Hurricanes vs. Stars pick.
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As we go into Tuesday night, the Stars are not in a safe spot in the standings, either. They are currently 3rd in the Central Division, so if the Stars can defend that position, then they’ll be going back to the playoffs. With the two wildcard teams both at 63 points, by no means does this mean they’re out of the woods yet. There is still a lot of games left on the schedule despite the fact we’re nearing the final stretch of the regular season.
A little extra push on offence would help pave a solid path for the Stars to the Stanley Cup Final. They say that defence wins championships, but Dallas will need an extra gear in the playoffs if they’re going to go far. Joe Pavelski, after suffering an upper-body injury in St. Louis, is not expected to take part in Tuesday night’s festivities.
The Stars are 3rd in the NHL on defence with 2.53 goals allowed per game. Home ice has provided an even greater bump in production, where they’ve given up just 2.22 goals per game. Given that success for the Stars in the defensive zone, they’ve been able to play solid hockey at home in Dallas this season. A lot of that has hinged on the play of Ben Bishop between the pipes.
He may not be overly reliable on the road, though he has been elite at home in 2019-20. Bishop owns a 2.06 GAA and 0.933 save percentage as opposed to a 2.95 GAA and 0.908 save percentage on the road. He’s helped the Stars notch a record of 16-9-2 at home this season. In their last two outings in Dallas, they didn’t look too great, though, having lost to the Maple Leafs and Wild.
When the Stars get a win, Bishop has been outstanding with a 1.48 GAA and 0.954 save percentage. But when they lose, he’s posted a 3.60 GAA and 0.879 save percentage. That pretty well says how dependent the Stars are on him. He’s been especially good against the Hurricanes in his career, with a 2.16 GAA and 0.933 save percentage in 12 games.
Dallas has not been a friendly destination for the Hurricanes. The Stars have gone 9-2 against the Hurricanes in their last 11 meetings at home. While the Hurricanes did win in their most recent game here, that’s only the second in that many attempts. This is the fourth stop on the road for the Hurricanes during this trip.
They are going to have to change their gears tenfold after getting in a high-scoring up and down game against the Golden Knights on Saturday. The Stars will avoid doing that to limit the Hurricanes’ offensive ability. Expect some tired legs for the Hurricanes. Playing a physical team like the Stars, who are fresh off a confidence boosting win in St. Louis, is not the most ideal destination for the Hurricanes. Look for the Stars to edge them out for a 3-2 or 4-2 win on Tuesday night.