Dallas Stars (9-2-0) at Boston Bruins (6-3-1)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins -123 / Dallas Stars +111
The Dallas Stars arrived in Toronto with their 9-2-0 record. It was the Stars’ turn to step into the light and take a bow they had to that point so richly deserved.
And they lost to the worst team in hockey thanks to a big performance in net by James Reimer and too many missed opportunities at the other end…no team had fewer wins entering play than the 1-7-2 Maple Leafs.
No time to dwell, however, as the Stars must now face what is actually a pretty darned good team in the Boston Bruins, 6-3-1 and winners of their last four. They were at rest while the Stars toiled and traveled last night.
The Dallas Stars look to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 26.3 percent of their power plays. Jamie Benn leads Dallas with 10 goals, Tyler Seguin has 12 assists and Jason Spezza has 37 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their power play chances. Antti Niemi has allowed 24 goals on 260 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has given up 10 goals on 98 shots. Niemi has given up 10 goals in his last three games.
The Boston Bruins look to remain hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.9 goals per game and are scoring on 35.3 percent of their power plays. David Krejci leads Boston with seven goals, Patrice Bergeron has six assists and Brad Marchand has 31 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their power play chances. Jonas Gustavsson has allowed six goals on 70 shots faced and Tuukka Rask has given up 23 goals on 207 shots. Rask has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Stars are 21-50 in their last 71 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-0 in their last 5 Tuesday games. The Bruins are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.