The Winnipeg Jets and Dallas Stars meet on Friday night at the American Airlines Center as both teams look for a way out of the middle of the Central Division standings. The Jets have recently fallen further down in the standings and now trail the division-leading Colorado Avalanche by 25 points and are 3-5-2 in their last ten games.
The Dallas Stars have been trying to make up some ground and are currently five points ahead of the Jets in the standings in fifth place. In their last eight games, the Stars are 6-2 and now have 50 points to trail the first-place Avalanche by twenty points in the division. Dallas is ninth in the Western Conference standings and is still within striking distance of a playoff spot.
It doesn’t look like there’s any chance of another team in the Central Division being able to contend with the Avalanche in the standings. Still, Winnipeg is hoping to salvage what’s left of this season and turn things around in the second half.
However, they did get an impressive shutout win against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night 2-0. Connor Hellebuyck got the shutout for the Jets, making 27 saves.
Kyle Connor is the leading scorer for Winnipeg with 47 points on 25 goals, which is sixth in the league, and 22 assists. Brenden Dillon is the team’s leader in plus/minus at +13. Connor Hellebuyck got his fifteenth win of the season against Minnesota and is now 15-15-6 with a 2.82 GAA on the season.
The Dallas Stars are in the middle of the division standings but are just ten points behind the second-place Nashville Predators. Nevertheless, they picked up a victory against them on Wednesday night 4-3, with Jason Robertson scoring two power-play goals for Dallas. Luke Glendening scored the game-winning goal early in the third period, and Roope Hintz added a goal and an assist.
Joe Pavelski is the leading scorer for the Stars with 48 points on 19 goals and 29 assists. Hintz is the goals leader for the team with 21 and leads the team in plus/minus at +18.
Jake Oettinger is the best goaltender for the team, with a 12-5-0 record and 2.56 GAA. A win tonight for the Stars would be their second straight since their loss to the Calgary Flames on February 1.
For the Jets, the total has gone under in five of their last seven games, and they are 12-5 straight up against the Stars in their previous seventeen matchups.
For Dallas, the total has gone over in eight of their last twelve games, and they are 4-1 straight up in their last five games at home against Winnipeg.
The odds slightly favor the Stars at home in this matchup as the Jets are just 8-9-6 on the road for the season. However, Dallas has one of the better home records in the league at 16-6-1 and should be able to pick up two points in tonight’s matchup.