Game Night! Dallas Stars Look To Get a Win In Boston

The Dallas Stars are coming off a disappointing loss last night in Toronto and will look to get a win in Boston against the Bruins. Last season the Bruins went 1-1 against the Stars, outshooting their opponent 71 to 69, but failing to stop pucks from getting in the net allowing 6 goals total over their last two. Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin are on fire yet again this season and continue to be a large threat for any team. If the Bruins want to continue to prove that their early season defensive problems were nothing more then a fluke, this game should be a big one. The Stars offensive abilities are not only coming from their top two stars either. Although Benn is leading the league in goals and points, and Seguin is leading in assists, the rest of the team has plenty of skill. Last seasons acquisitions of Jason Spezza and Patrick Sharp are proving to be very serviceable offensive threats. Spezza currently is tying Seguin on the Stars with five goal on the season, and Sharp has been no slouch combining for 9 points through 12 games (4 goals, 5 assists). The goal tending in Dallas hasn’t been all world this season though. Over 9 games, former Sharks tender Antti Niemi has been only able to earn a .908 save percentage, which is still better then Bruins number one, Rask, who has only managed a .889 save percentage. It would be wise for the Bruins to not try and play in the Stars style tonight. The Bruins can often find themselves trying to play the speed game against quicker opponents. Coach Claude Julien will have his hands full tonight trying to keep this team grounded and continuing to play the structured shut down defense that they are known for. Boston will need to look to draw some penalties in this game and get to work on the power play which still leads the league. The Stars penalty kill is running at about 78% effectiveness which is 18th in the league and should be looked at as exploitable. Boston has the opportunity to jump Tampa and Pittsburgh for the 5 spot in the east. Tonight will be a good one!

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