A total of eleven games are set up for another busy Saturday night in the NHL. This should lead to plenty of action on January 19. One of the games will be between the Winnipeg Jets and the Dallas Stars. These two teams are both in playoff spots as of right now and will look to put up another big win on Saturday night. The puck is set to drop at 7:00 PM Eastern time.
The Jets have jumped out to an extremely strong start this season. Winnipeg has a record of 31-14-2, which has them in first place of the Central Division. The Jets are coming off an impressive 5-1 win against the Nashville Predators on Thursday night. Winnipeg has won four games in a row and will look to keep it going on the road against the Stars.
Dallas has earned the third spot in the Central Division this season with a record of 23-21-4. The Stars have hit a rough patch recently. Dallas has lost four games in a row. This is the Stars last game before their bye week. Dallas will look to go into their bye week with a win against Winnipeg on Saturday night.
Saturday night’s matchup between the Jets and the Stars will be the third matchup of the season series. Winnipeg and Dallas will meet one more time on March 25. These two teams are trending in opposite directions. The Stars will look to stop their freefall in the standings with a victory on Saturday night against a tough Jets team.
The first meeting between Winnipeg and Dallas was held on October 6 in Dallas. Kyle Connor had the only goal for the Jets as Winnipeg got dominated. Tyler Seguin had two goals and two assists. Jamie Benn had two goals and an assist, while Alexander Radulov scored once and added two assists. Ben Bishop turned away 32 of 33 shots to help the Stars earn a 5-1 win.
The Jets hosted the second matchup of the season on January 6. Alexander had the only goal for Dallas this time around. Bryan Little and Josh Morrissey each had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg. Jacob Trouba had two assists. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 26 of 27 shots for the Jets as Winnipeg was able to cruise to a 5-1 win at home.
These two teams have both been off to a solid start this season. Each team won their game at home in the season series. Dallas will look for their home ice to help give them the advantage to end their losing streak. The Jets are coming off a tough game against the Nashville Predators, which could lead to some fatigue even two nights ago.
The Jets have been off to a fast start this season on special teams. Winnipeg has been one of the best teams on the power play, executing on 27.1 percent of their power play chances. The Jets penalty kill has been doing solid as well. Winnipeg has stopped their opponents power play chances 81.7 percent of the time. The Jets will look for their power play to help lead them to another win on Saturday night.
Dallas has had a solid special teams this season. The Stars power play has done a good job, but not nearly as good as Winnipeg’s. Dallas has scored on 20.2 percent of the time. The Stars penalty kill has been slightly better than the Jets, stopping the opposing team 82.4 percent of the time.
Dallas will need their penalty kill to put up a big night to stop the Jets strong power play. Winnipeg has been doing really well as of late, but the Stars were able to keep the Jets from scoring a power play at home in the first game of the season series. Dallas’ power play will matchup with Winnipeg really nicely, which should be a matchup to watch.
I believe that Connor Hellebuyck will get the start in net for Winnipeg on Saturday night. Hellebuyck has put up a record of 21-13-1 in his games played this season. He has a save percentage of .910 and a 2.82 GAA. Hellebuyck will look to put up another tough performance on Saturday night.
Ben Bishop will likely start in net for the Stars on Saturday. Bishop has been putting up a really solid season so far. He has a record of 15-12-2 this season. Bishop has a .921 save percentage and a GAA of 2.38. He has been putting up Vezina Trophy type numbers so far this season and he will need to have another good night against the Jets if Dallas wants to pull off the upset.
These two goalies are both doing really well this season, but I believe that the Stars have a slight edge with how Bishop has been performing this season. Hellebuyck is coming off a tough matchup against the Predators in which he faced 37 shots. I believe this could lead to a little fatigue for him. Bishop will need his offense to get some goals, but if Dallas can break three goals, I believe they can win this game.
The Jets have been on a winning streak, while Dallas has been on a losing streak in their recent games. I believe that these two teams switch it around on Saturday night. The Stars on a losing streak, but they are back home, and I believe they get an upset win. If Dallas can get some good play from their penalty kill and a good game from Bishop, I believe they will pull off the win.
BetOnline has Winnipeg listed as a -113 against the money line. This implies that the Jets win the game 53.5 percent of the time. The Stars have struggled, but I believe this game should be listed as at least even at home. I believe that Dallas rides some solid goaltending to help them get the win on Saturday night. I am taking the Stars as home underdogs.