The ‘D’ in Dallas stands for defense.
The Stars were one of the top defensive teams in the NHL this season and have shut things down in their own end quite nicely the past two games. During the regular season, Dallas allowed the second fewest goals per game, 2.44 with credit going to terrific play from their goaltenders but also the defensive group in front of them. The Stars only gave up an average of 13 shots from the high-danger slot area, per-game, in the regular season which ranked 4th overall and over the last two games, they’ve been remarkably stingy.
After allowing 33 slot shots in the first, two games of the series, the Stars have allowed just 5 in each of their last two. Most noticeable in the graphic above, is that Dallas has completely locked down the high-slot area. With Ben Bishop having one of the best seasons of his career, the Stars will be in good shape going forward if they can replicate the defensive effort they put forward in their two games in Dallas.
Will the Preds be able to generate more quality offense now that the series has shifted back to Nashville for a pivotal Game 5?
That’s what we’ll be focusing on.
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