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Dallas Stars vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Pick & Prediction JAN 15TH 2022

NHL | HOCKEY
TV: BSSUN | BSSW
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The Tampa Bay Lightning continue to win without exceptional special teams play, but their power play and penalty kill are getting better.

The Lightning hope to showcase that improvement Saturday night when they host the Dallas Stars in the teams' first meeting of the season.

Tampa Bay ranks 15th in both the power-play conversions (24 goals on 121 chances, 19.8 percent) and penalty-killing (94 successes on 116 chances, 8 percent) -- decent numbers but not elite like the past two title seasons.

In the 2020-21 campaign, the Lightning's power play ranked ninth (22.2 percent) and the penalty kill fourth (84.2 percent).

In the previous season, the club's power play slotted fifth (23.1 percent) while the penalty kill was 14th (81.4 percent).

But both units are trending upward.

In January, the man-advantage crew is 5-for-18 (27.8 percent), and the return of playmaker Nikita Kucherov promises more rewards.

After surrendering goals to Mika Zibanejad on the New York Rangers' first two chances on Jan. 2, the penalty-kill squad has been outstanding, allowing just one goal on its past 17 occasions (5.9 percent).

"I thought that we were very aggressive," Lightning forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare said following the Lightning's 4-2 home win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. "Our timing has been better and some of the good bounces have happened. Obviously, our best player has been our goalie, and that's what you want."

Andrei Vasilevskiy -- the goalie in question -- leads the NHL in wins. He sports a 21-6-3 record with a 2.18 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.

Last season, the Lightning won six of their eight contests against the Stars, outscoring Dallas by a 27-15 margin.

Half of the six Lightning victories were Vasilevskiy shutouts.

With goalie Braden Holtby, defenseman Andrej Sekera and forwards Denis Gurianov and Alexander Radulov out due to COVID-19 protocol, visiting Dallas faced an uphill battle against the healthy Florida Panthers on Friday night.

Factor in that and the fact that Dallas had one road win in regulation while the Panthers had just three losses in 22 home contests and the task became more formidable for the visitors.

Despite rebounding from a five-game losing streak to win five of their previous six games, the Stars were handily beaten 7-1 by the Panthers, who chased Dallas starter Jake Oettinger 26:03 into the rout after he surrendered four tallies on 17 shots.

In the remainder, Anton Khudobin yielded three goals on 22 shots -- all the goals by center Sam Bennett.

"There's a lot (we didn't like)," Dallas coach Rick Bowness said. "It starts with not being willing to compete. Some guys are very comfortable playing at home and uncomfortable playing on the road."

Dallas' Roope Hintz delivered his 15th marker on an assist by Esa Lindell, but the Friday game was a mismatch from the start as Florida led 2-0 before nine minutes had elapsed.

In his 900th career game, Stars captain Jamie Benn registered a team-best five shots on goal.

"I don't think we were making strong plays," Benn said. "They are pretty dangerous offensively, and we made it pretty easy for them."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Dallas Stars
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4
Tampa Bay Lightning

Dallas Stars vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Recap FEB 27TH 2021

Corey Perry's second goal of the night was the winner to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night in Edmonton, keeping their Stanley Cup hopes alive.

Perry grabbed a loose puck during a scramble, held off the defenders while he waited to get the right angle and then slipped the puck home 9:23 into double overtime to net his second goal of the night for the Stars, who trail the best-of-seven series 3-2.

Game 6 is Monday night.

Tyler Seguin netted three assists and Anton Khudobin made 39 saves for Dallas, which completed yet another comeback.

Perry gave the desperate Stars first blood late in the opening period. While Tampa Bay's Mikhail Sergachev was struggling -- appearing winded after he tried to throw a check -- Perry grabbed a loose puck in the slot and his shot banked off the post and into the net with 2:08 remaining in the period.

The Lightning responded with a much better second period and were rewarded when Ondrej Palat tied the clash. Palat took a pass as he headed down the wing, cut sharply to the net after gaining a step on the defender and then moved the puck from his backhand to forehand before tucking home a deke at 4:37 of the period.

The roller coaster ride befitting a final series continued in the third period.

Sergachev put the Lightning ahead early in the frame when he unloaded a rocket of a point shot at 3:38 of the period, however Joe Pavelski replied for the Stars with 6:45 remaining in regulation by being on the spot for a loose puck that he batted home. Pavelski's goal is officially the 61st playoff marker of his career, the most by any U.S.-born player in NHL history.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 30 saves for the Lightning.

--Field Level Media

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