2019-20 NHL – Dallas Stars @ Toronto Maple Leafs Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Dallas Stars @ Toronto Maple Leafs taking place? Friday 14th February, 2020 – 00:00 (UK)

Where is Dallas Stars @ Toronto Maple Leafs taking place? Scotiabank Arena

What channel is Dallas Stars @ Toronto Maple Leafs on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream Dallas Stars @ Toronto Maple Leafs? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Dallas Stars @ Toronto Maple Leafs? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Dallas Stars 3 – 5 Toronto Maple Leafs

THE TEAM NEWS

DALLAS STARS

  • The Stars have been a consistent playoff threat all season long and currently sit in third place of the Western Conference with 69 points out of 56 games. They enter this contest on a two-game winning run following a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
  • Dallas have two players listed as questionable ahead of this contest, with center Justin Dowling and winger Joe Pavelski treated as game-time decisions. Martin Hanzal has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a back problem.
  • One player to keep an eye on is Tyler Seguin. The 28-year-old center still hasn't scored in 2020, but he's racked up 10 assists and 62 shots during his 17-game goalless run and has 41 points, 204 shots and 75 hits in 56 outings this season.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

  • The Maple Leafs are coming off a 3-2 overtime win over the Arizona Coyotes and now they have won two of their last three games. They are 2-3 in their last five outings, but they remain in eighth place of the Eastern Conference standings with 68 points out of 57 contests.
  • Few teams in the NHL are as depleted as the Maple Leafs as Toronto potentially have six players sidelined, although that’s a step in the right direction considering they had nine potential absentees for the game against the Coyotes last Tuesday. Goaltender Fredrik Andersen is questionable, while the list of absentees includes Cody Ceci, David Clarkson, Nathan Horton, Ilya Mikheyev and Morgan Reilly.
  • Star center Auston Matthews remains an elite goalscoring threat despite the fact he hasn’t found the back of the net in his last two outings. He is already up to 68 points (40 goals, 28 assists) in 57 games and just five points away from setting a new career-high mark.

THE PREDICTION

The Stars have built their impressive 2019-20 season based on their strong defensive work, as Dallas currently rank as the best defence in the NHL with only 142 goals conceded thus far – 2.53 per game. The Maple Leafs, on the other hand, feature the joint-best attack in the league with 203 goals scored – an average of 3.56 per contest. Toronto can go toe-to-toe with almost any team in the league but Dallas are known for neutralising top attacking units with ease and they should hold on to secure the win here.

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