The NHL is set up with another great night of action throughout Saturday. Ten games are up on the board throughout April 10. One of these matchups will be between the Florida Panthers and the Dallas Stars. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 2:00 PM Eastern time on NHL Network.
The Panthers have put up a record of 26-11-4 throughout this season, which has them sitting in third place of the Central Division. Florida has lost back to back games, but had won six in a row before those losses. The Panthers are only one point back on the top spot of the Central. Florida will look to jump up in the standings in this one.
Dallas has earned a record of 14-14-10 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Central Division. The Stars are seven points out of the fourth seed with games in hand. Dallas will look to get a winning streak going in this one. The Stars won their last game, which ended a two game losing streak.
These two teams have had very different starts to this season. The Stars are outside of the playoff picture, while Florida has been competing for the top spot in the Central. Dallas still has quite a few games in hand and will look to get back on track with a win in this one. I expect both teams to try and set the pace with a fast start on Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers and the Stars have met up five times throughout this season series. Florida hosted the first three games of the season series between February 22 and 25. Aaron Ekblad and Keith Yandle both scored in the first game as the Panthers won 3-1. Anton Khudobin finished with 43 saves in the second game as Dallas won 3-0. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 37 of the 39 shots against him in the third game as Florida won 3-2.
The fourth game of the season series shifted to Dallas on March 27. Joel Hanley earned two assists on the night, but it was not enough for the Stars. Carter Verhaeghe scored three goals and an assist on the night. Noel Acciari finished with two assists on the night as well. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 31 of 34 shots as the Panthers earned a 4-3 win.
Dallas hosted the fifth and most recent game of the season series on March 28. Jason Robertson scored the lone goal for the Stars on the night. Once again it was not enough though. Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice and added an assist for the Panthers. Chris Driedger turned away 33 of 34 shots to help lead Florida to a 4-1 win.
These two teams have already met up five times throughout this season, with the Panthers dominating the season series. Florida has won four of the five games against the Stars so far this season. Dallas has lost three in a row against the Panthers as well. The Stars will look to bounce back with a win at home in this one on Saturday.
The Panthers have been strong on the power play throughout this season. Florida has capitalized on 29 of their 132 power play attempts, which is a 22 percent power play. The Panthers have also been around the league average on the penalty kill. Florida has killed off 100 of their opponents 125 power play chances, which is an 80 percent kill rate.
Dallas has been really strong on the power play so far this season. The Stars have scored on 30 of their 117 power play opportunities, which is a 25.6 percent success rate. Dallas has not been quite as good on the penalty kill though. The Stars have given up 24 power play goals on 111 penalties against, which is a 78.4 percent penalty kill.
The Stars have been a bit better on the power play this season, but Florida has been a bit better on the penalty kill. Dallas will need their power play to step up in this one, while the Panthers will look to gain the edge on the penalty kill. If Florida can control special teams in this one, it should be enough to keep their winning streak going against the Stars.
I expect Sergei Bobrovsky to get the start in the crease for Florida in this one. Bobrovsky has started in 23 games this season, going 15-6-2 so far. He has put up a save percentage of .910 and a 2.80 GAA through his starts. Bobrovsky’s last start was against the Carolina Hurricanes, where he stopped 31 of 34 shots in the loss.
Anton Khudobin will likely get the nod between the pipes for the Stars on Saturday afternoon. Khudobin has earned a record of 8-9-4 through his 21 starts this season. He has posted a .912 save percentage and a GAA of 2.40 throughout those games. Khudobin finished with 38 saves on 39 shots against the Chicago Blackhawks in the win.
These two goalies have been solid throughout this season. Both goalies have put up similar numbers throughout this season and will look to have a fast start in this one. Khudobin is coming into this one off a stronger performance and will look to carry that momentum in this one. These two goalies will look for a fast start in this one.
The Panthers are the better team entering this matchup and will look to pull off a big win against Dallas in this one. The Stars will look to get going on the power play early in this one, while Florida will look to step up in net. If Dallas can pick up their play after winning their last game, they could pull off a big win at home against the Panthers.
BetOnline has the Stars listed as a -110 against the money line in this one. This implies that Dallas will win this game around 52.4 percent of the time. The Stars will look earn a big win at home in this one. Dallas has lost their first two games at home against Florida. The Stars will look to find a way to bounce back on Saturday afternoon.