Dallas Stars at Boston Bruins
Dallas Stars Preview
The Dallas Stars carry an eight-game road point streak (6-0-2) into their Thursday clash against the Boston Bruins. The Stars extended that run and improved to 7-1-1 in their past nine contests overall with a decisive 4-1 victory over Carolina on Tuesday. Roope Hintz collected a goal and two assists against the Hurricanes and also tallied in Dallas’ 2-1 setback versus Boston in the season opener on Oct. 3 in Dallas.
Captain Jamie Benn, who is riding a three-game assist streak, remains tied with Hintz and Denis Gurianov for the team lead in goals (18) and sits one shy of 300 for his career. Former Bruin Tyler Seguin has scored goals in back-to-back contests to boost his club-best point total to 48.
Boston Bruins Preview
The Boston Bruins bid to rebound from back-to-back losses when they conclude a two-game homestand against the Dallas Stars on Thursday. The Bruins had won 11 of their previous 12 contests before falling 9-3 in Vancouver on Saturday and 5-2 to Calgary three nights later in Boston.
Brad Marchand carries a seven-game point streak (two goals, eight assists) into the Thursday tilt after scoring a short-handed goal against the Flames midway into the second period. Tuukka Rask has yielded 10 goals on 57 shots in his past two contests on the heels of permitting 16 goals over his previous 12 games. The former Vezina Trophy recipient improved to 8-2-2 in his career versus Dallas after making 28 saves in Boston’s 2-1 season-opening victory on Oct. 3.