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Quick Thoughts: Stars and Predators

After Devan Dubnyk’s disastrous first start in goal for the Nashville Predators against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, Carter Hutton returns to man Nashville’s net tonight.

Here are the latest updates about tonight’s matchup between the Dallas Stars and the Predators.

  • When the Predators traded for Devan Dubnyk from the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday, the club from Music City was hoping his goals against average of 3.36 could be blamed, at least in part, on the shaky defensive system played in Edmonton. But five goals allowed on 29 shots against the Avalanche on Saturday–at least two of which were nearly unforgivable–have only helped to raise even more question marks about Nashville’s goalie situation.
  • Predators head coach Barry Trotz appears to have seen enough, at least for the time being, going back to Carter Hutton who has won his last two starts.
  • Hutton is 1-1 against the Stars this season. Allowing five total goals in the two games.
  • Nashville is set to go with the same forward lineup they’ve used the last three games, as a forward has not been called up from Milwaukee to fill the 13th forward slot left open by the trade of Matt Hendricks (this means Rich Clune will play for Nashville again tonight).
  • The Predators forwards have been highly effective at lighting the lamp the last three games, scoring 11 regulation goals in that span.
  • The Stars are one point ahead of the Predators in the standings. A win of any kind by Nashville would put them ahead of Dallas in the standings.
  • Dallas puts their No. 1 netminder between the pipes tonight. Kari Lehtonen makes his 40th start of the campaign.
  • Another team new to the Central Division this year, the Dallas Stars find themselves in 5th place with 50 points.
  • The Stars played four games last week and won one of them (1-2-1).

The third game between these two clubs is just a little more than two hours away. There’s a lot on the line with just one point separating the two teams in the standings.

 

Thomas Willis is the new Editor at Predlines.com and can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @thomaswillis20. For the latest updates in Predator news, follow @PredlinesNSH

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