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What will it take for the Stars to match up against the Bruins at home?

What will it take for the Stars to match up against the Bruins at home?

 

After a heartbreaking loss in OT against the Bruins on the road, Dallas is looking for payback at home.  Khudobin stole the show against his former team on November 5th.  He saved 33 out of 35 shots faced and was the main reason that the Stars stayed in the game.  

Relying on stellar goaltending has been the mantra apparently this year…with only 51 goals for and 50 goals against, Dallas has to be happy with their point totals up to now.  

Dallas was ranked 16th in the NHL’s Super 16 Power Rankings on November 14th.  They would have likely been higher, had they not been held to only one goal in three of their last five games during their recent skid.  

Lucky bounces, mixed with acrobatic saves game in and game out, are a recipe for disaster.  After winning five out of six games from October 23rd to November 3rd, the tables have turned.  Dallas has lost four out of their last five games and they’re looking to stop the bleeding.

Well, Boston is ranked 4th in those same power rankings and have a lot of people around the league talking.  With the likes of Pastrnak, Bergeron, and Brad Marchand, opposing teams should be scared.  Their line alone are averaging nearly two goals a game, combining for 32 goals and 71 points, 18 games into the year.  After coming off a loss against the Colorado Avalanche 6-3 last game, they’ll be doing everything in their power to avoid losing back to back games.

The Stars are going to need to more than their goalies standing on their heads to beat this juggernaut, without number one defenseman John Klingberg.  Benn, Segs, and Rads will have something to prove at the American Airlines Center as well.  As feared as first lines come, Seguin is hoping to pick up the pace with his old linemate Alexander Radulov, who is just coming back from injury.  Captain Jamie Benn has had two fights in November, and you can see some frustration out there.

Dallas Stars Defenseman Gavin Bayreuther is looking to make his NHL debut, pairing with Joel Hanley.  Bayreuther looked ready to make the Stars’ initial roster coming into the season, but after a last-minute trade for Connor Carrick, he was moved back down to the Texas Stars.  He is coming off a concussion that had him sidelined for a month, so he will have his work cut out for him against the fast-paced Bruins team tomorrow night. 

Practice lines on Thursday may have indicated to have Bishop starting in net Friday.  Stars take on the Bruins at 7:00 PM Central time November 16th at the American Airline Center.

 

Staff writer covering the Dallas Stars

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