2019-20 NHL – Boston Bruins @ Dallas Stars Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Boston Bruins @ Dallas Stars taking place? Friday 4th October, 2019 – 01:30 (UK)

Where is Boston Bruins @ Dallas Stars taking place? American Airlines Center

What television channel is Boston Bruins @ Dallas Stars on? Check back here closer to the match for TV info

Where can I stream Boston Bruins @ Dallas Stars? Check back here closer to the match for live streaming info

Where can I get tickets for Boston Bruins @ Dallas Stars? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Dallas Stars 1 – 0 Boston Bruins

THE TEAM NEWS

BOSTON BRUINS

  • The Bruins had a very successful season during the 2018-19 NHL campaign, finishing in second place of the Eastern Conference with 107 points. However, they were at their best in the postseason where they eliminated the Toronto Maple Leafs (4-3), the Columbus Blue Jackets (4-2) and the Carolina Hurricanes (4-0) to reach the Stanley Cup Finals, although they lost 4-3 in the decisive series against the St. Louis Blues.

  • Boston had four players topping the 70-point mark this past season and Brad Marchand led the way with 100 points (36 goals, 64 assists). David Pastrnak contributed 38 goals and 43 dimes, Patrice Bergeron had 79 points (32 goals, 47 assists) and David Krejci added 53 assists as well as 20 goals. Defenseman Torey Klug also impressed with 47 assists.
  • The Bruins already have a core in place but they lost Noel Acciari who signed with the Florida Panthers. They added Par Lindholm on a two-year contract, signed Brett Ritchie on a one-year deal, and signed defenseman Connor Clifton to a three-year contract extension until the 2022-23 season.

DALLAS STARS

  • The Stars finished in sixth place of the Western Conference with 93 points but gave the idea of being a team that could have easily ended up higher in the standings. They evidenced that in the playoffs as well, pulling the upset of the first round against third-seeded Nashville Predators (4-2) before taking the champions to-be St. Louis Blues to seven games in their second-round exit.

  • Dallas only had three players that surpassed the 50-point mark last season. Tyler Seguin led the way with 80 points, as he paced the Stars on both goals (33) and assists (47). Alexander Radulov had 72 points (29 goals and 43 assists) and Jamie Benn produced another well-rounded season with 27 goals and 26 helpers. John Klingberg contributed offensively as well since he finished with 35 assists despite being a defenseman – third-highest tally on the team.
  • The Stars added another high-scoring piece to their offense when they signed long-time San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski to a three-year contract. They also signed veteran Corey Perry, who spent 14 seasons with the Anaheim Ducks. Their other signings were mostly two-way deals, although it’s worth noting that they lost Jason Spezza, Mats Zuccarello and Ryan Hartman in free agency.

THE PREDICTION

The Stars surprised everyone with their performance during the playoffs and the addition of Joe Pavelski should make them an even more dangerous team on offense. However, the Bruins are a well-oiled machine who came just one game away from winning the Stanley Cup last season. Boston are slight favourites here although the game should be extremely tight.

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