Dallas Stars vs. Detroit Red Wings – Prediction, Preview and Odds

The Dallas Stars play the second part of a back-to-back when they travel to Detroit to take on the Red Wings. The Stars bounced back to defeat the last-place Sabres on Thursday, 5-4. Detroit comes in with two straight wins, including a 3-2 overtime victory over Buffalo on Monday night. Detroit remains out of the playoff picture, seven points behind Boston for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Game time is set for 730pm EST.

Will the Stars line up?

Dallas is currently in 6th place in the Central division with an overall record of 18-16-2 and 38 points. Dallas trails the first place Colorado Avalanche by 17 points. The Stars are scoring an average of just 2.78 goals per game, which is 23rd in the NHL. Dallas is averaging 29.6 shots per game, which is 21st, and the Stars power play is 6th, scoring 25.5% of the time with the man advantage. Joe Pavelski is Dallas’ leading scorer with 16 goals, while Roope Hintz has scored 15. Pavelski has 22 assists and leads the team in points with 38. Jason Robertson is second in points with 32 (13 goals, 19 assists). Dallas has scored 26 power-play goals in 36 games, seven of which were scored by Pavelski.

Dallas is 18th in the NHL in goals against, averaging 3.06 goals per game. The Stars allow an average of 30.8 shots per game, giving up 12, and Dallas’ penalty kill unit is 25th in the league, holding opponents scoreless 77.6% of the time while shorthanded. Braden Holtby is 6-8-1 with a goals-against average of 2.53 and a save percentage of .920. Holtby returned to action Tuesday after sitting out nine days with an injury.

Stars injury report: Tanner Kero, Alexander Radulov and Andrej Sekera are out, while Jason Robertston is questionable.

Wings need to start flying

The Red Wings have little time left to get back into the playoff race in the Eastern Conference. Detroit is fifth in the Atlantic Division with an overall record of 18-17-5 and 41 points. The Red Wings are five points behind their nearest competitor, the Boston Bruins, and 18 points behind the leading Tampa Bay Lightning. Detroit allows an average of 3.23 goals per game, which ranks 23rd in the NHL. The Red Wings allow an average of 33 shots per game, which ranks 25th, and have the 18th-best penalty killing unit at 78.9%. Alex Nedeljkovic is 12-10-4 with a goals-against average of 2.69, a .918 save percentage and one shutout. No. 1 goalkeeper Thomas Greiss has been sidelined since Jan. 9.

Playing without their top goaltender, it is imperative that the Wings start to pick up the offense that has been mediocre so far this season. Detroit is scoring an average of 2.74 goals per game, which is 24th in the NHL, and is averaging 29.1 shots per game, which is 25th. The Red Wings power play is 29th in the league, scoring 15.0% of the time with the man advantage. Dylan Larkin is tied with Tyler Bertuzzi for the team lead in goals scored with 18. Moritz Seider is the team leader in assists with 22 and Larkin is the leader in total points with 36, while Lucas Raymond and Bertuzzi each have 32. Detroit has scored just 17 goals on the power play in 40 games.

Injury Report: Riley Barber, Thomas Greiss, Carter Rowney, Troy Stecher, Mitchell Stephens and Jakub Vrana are out.

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