DALLAS v. PITTSBURGH

The Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins square off at American Airlines Center for the second and final time on Friday. The Stars beat Pittsburgh on Oct. 24 on the road by the score of 4-1. Jason Robertson and Thomas Harley each recorded a goal and an assist, while Jake Oettinger turned aside 38 of 39 shots

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faced. Dallas posts a better power play percentage, while Pittsburgh holds a slight edge in penalty-killing. The Stars are 23.53 on the man advantage, ranking ninth in the league. The Penguins, having converted on 14.91%, are 29th. Their PK unit, however, is near the top of the league. Pittsburgh has returned to full strength 80.88% of the time shorthanded, while the Stars have done the same thing 80.77% of the time.  It’s never a walk in the park when Crosby is on the ice, but Dallas should be able to take this one.


DALLAS v. ARIZONA

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Oh boy. Sunday is going to be interesting. The Stars’ postgame graphic following Wednesday’s 5-2 against the Arizona Coyotes caused online controversy and led to the clubs’ social media teams posting and commenting witty banter against one another. How much of it will affect the on-ice action? I’m not sure. That’s why Sunday will be fun to watch. Statistically, Dallas beats Arizona in special teams and expected goals but is slightly outmatched by Arizona regarding advanced defensive stats. With a tight race at the top of the Central Division, the Stars will look to come out of the weekend with four points.


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