The NHL is set up with an action packed night throughout Saturday night. Twelve games are up on the board on January 30. One of these games will be between the Dallas Stars and the Carolina Hurricanes. These two teams will look to come out quick in this one as they look for a huge win. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
The Stars have opened up this season with a perfect 4-0 start, which has them in second place of the Central Division. Dallas had a delayed start due to COVID-19 issues, but have come out of the gates swinging. The Stars will look to keep it going with a big win in this one as well. I expect Dallas to try and carry momentum into this one on Saturday night.
Carolina has earned a record of 3-1 throughout the early part of this season, which has them sitting in seventh place of the Central Division. The Hurricanes also had a delay in the season due to COVID-19. Carolina will look to come out strong on January 30 as they look to earn their third straight win. The Hurricanes will look to continue to start this season strong with a win.
These two teams have had solid starts to the season despite being delayed by COVID-19 at some points. Both teams will look to climb up the division standings even more with a big win on Saturday night. I expect both teams to come out quick in this one as they look to set the pace early. This should be a great early season tilt on Saturday night.
The Stars and the Hurricanes met up twice throughout last season. The first game was on February 11 in Dallas. Sebastian Aho scored for Carolina, but it was not enough. Jamie Benn scored three goals on the night, while Miro Heiskanen had two assists. Denis Gurianov scored a goal as well. Anton Khudobin stopped 24 of 25 shots to help lead the Stars to a 4-1 win at home.
Carolina hosted the second game of the seasons series on February 25. Sebastian Aho scored once again for the Hurricanes, but Carolina could not win in this one either. Roope Hintz had a goal and two assists, while Jason Dickenson and Denis Gurianov both had a goal and an assist. Anton Khudobin stopped 40 of 41 shots to give Dallas another 4-1 win on the road.
These two teams met up twice last season with the Stars winning both games by a score of 4-1. Dallas will look to keep their two game winning streak going against the Hurricanes in this one. Both teams will look to set the pace early as they come into this one hot. I expect Carolina to try and get some goals in early as they face off against Anton Khudobin again in this one.
Dallas has been insanely hot on special teams to open up this season. The Stars have been able to score on 10 of their 19 power play chances, which is 52.6 percent power play. Dallas has been able to hold opposing teams to 2 goals on 19 power play attempts, which is an 89.5 percent kill rate. The Stars will look to keep it up with a strong performance in this one.
The Hurricanes have not had the best power play to open up this season, but their penalty kill has been very strong. Carolina has been able to capitalize on 3 of their 16 power play opportunities, which is an 18.8 percent success rate. The Hurricanes have been able to kill off 11 of the 12 penalties against them, which is a 91.7 percent penalty kill.
The Stars have been strong throughout this season so far on special teams. Dallas’ power play cannot keep this power play rate up through the whole season, but if they can keep playing well on the power play, they could break through in this one. Carolina will look to take advantage of the Stars taking a lot of penalties so far this season.
I expect Anton Khudobin to get the start in the net for the Stars in this one. Khudobin has started off this season with a record of 3-0 through his starts so far. He has earned a save percentage of .958 and a 0.99 GAA this season. Khudobin’s last start was against the Detroit Red Wings, where he stopped 20 of 21 shots in the overtime win.
Petr Mrazek will likely get the nod in the crease for Carolina on Saturday night. Mrazek has started in three games early in this season, earning a record of 2-1 so far this season. He has put up a .955 save percentage and a GAA of 1.01. Mrazek finished with a 32 shot shutout in his last outing against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
These two teams have played well early in the season, which has helped lead their respective teams to strong starts. Khudobin has come out strong this season, while Mrazek has been playing at just as high of a level. Both goalies are coming off wins in their last game and they will look to carry over momentum in this one.
The Stars have been able to pick up their play as this season has gone along, but Carolina has been hot as well. Dallas will look to keep up their strong start with another win in this one. The Hurricanes will look to avoid another tough offensive performance like they did against the Lightning. I think Dallas can continue to keep up their strong play to keep up their undefeated start.
BetOnline has the Hurricanes listed as a -124 against the money line in this one. This implies that Carolina will win this game around 55.4 percent of the time. This line seems a little unfair as the Stars are coming into this season on a hot streak. I think Dallas could earn a big win in this one on the road. I like the value on the Stars as underdogs in this one.