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Panthers have score to settle in rematch with Stars
Dallas Stars at Florida Panthers
- The Stars posted a 6-5 shootout win against the Panthers in Dallas eight days ago. It was only the third win for the Stars in their last 10 games against Florida.
- The Stars have lost their last five road games, and in each of their last four road games they scored no more than one goal. This is the Stars' second-longest road losing streak in the last 11 seasons. Dallas lost six consecutive road games in 2017 (Jan. 19-Feb. 16).
- Joe Pavelski had a hand in all of the Stars' goals in their 5-2 win over Seattle on Wednesday, scoring twice and assisting thrice. He was the first Dallas player to score five points in one game since Tyler Seguin in March 2014, and the first to do so while recording a point on every one of the team's goals since Mike Ribeiro on Oct. 23, 2008, versus the Islanders.
- Jake Oettinger's 9-2-0 (.818) record is the best in the NHL this season among goaltenders who've played at least 10 games (ranked by points percentage). Oettinger has won his last four games (2.75 GAA), facing fewer than 30 shots on goal in each game.
- The Panthers are 6-0-1 in their last seven games, having scored 38 goals over that span. That's the team's highest goal total over any seven-game stretch in franchise history. Seventeen players have scored at least one goal for the Panthers in their last seven games, led by Aleksander Barkov and Anthony Duclair with five each.
- Aaron Ekblad had one goal and two assists against the Canucks on Tuesday. It was his fourth three-point game this season. The eight-year veteran defenseman had scored three points or more in a game only three times in his NHL career before this season.
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Anton Lundell's between-the-legs, back-to-the-net assist on Tuesday night was yet more evidence that the 20-year-old Florida Panthers rookie belongs in the NHL.
Lundell, a native of Finland who was chosen 12th overall in the 2020 NHL Draft, figures to be on the ice again on Friday night when his Panthers play host to the Dallas Stars at Sunrise, Fla.
He entered Thursday first among NHL rookies in takeaways (36), tied for fifth in assists (13) and tied for sixth in points (20).
"(My confidence) this whole season has been very high," Lundell said. "But maybe the past couple of weeks it's been even higher."
Lundell, primarily a center, has played 32 of Florida's 36 games this season.
"I enjoy every game and every shift," he said. "I just try to do my best and show the fans what I can do."
Lundell is part of a deep roster for the Panthers, who have the best home record in the NHL (19-3-0).
The Panthers are on a seven-game points streak (6-0-1). The only blemish during that span was a wild 6-5 shootout loss to the host Stars on Jan. 6.
Jonathan Huberdeau, who leads the Panthers in assists (34) and points (47), scored with 29 seconds remaining to send the game into extra time.
But Dallas' Joe Pavelski and Jason Robertson beat goalie Sergei Bobrovsky in the shootout, and Huberdeau and Lundell failed to get the puck past Braden Holtby, giving the Stars the victory.
Dallas coach Rick Bowness announced Wednesday that Holtby and forwards Denis Giranov and Alexander Radulov have entered COVID protocols. That robs the Stars of their top goalie and two of their top 10 scorers in Gurianov (14 points) and Radulov (12).
Still, the Stars have won five of their past six games, including Wednesday's 5-2 victory over the visiting Seattle Kraken. Pavelski had his fingerprints on all five goals -- two tallies and three assists -- and Robertson extended his point streak to eight games.
Robertson has five goals and seven assists during that streak.
Goalie Jake Oettinger (9-2-0) earned the win for the Stars, making 23 saves.
For Pavelski, it was his first career five-point game. In his past 16 games, he has scored at least two goals in four contests. He is also the first NHL player in 10 years to record five points or more in a game at age 37 or older.
"He has natural offensive instincts you can't teach," Bowness said of Pavelski. "He has great poise around the net and an ability to sniff out loose pucks. Goal scorers know where to put the puck."
Florida has its own standouts, including captain Aleksander Barkov, who has three short-handed goals in his past six games.
Florida's Aaron Ekblad this week became the third NHL defenseman to reach 10 goals for the 2021-2022 season. He entered play Thursday with 32 points, tied for fifth among NHL defensemen.
"It's unbelievable to be on a team like this," Ekblad said. "This is a special team."
--Field Level Media
Updated January 13, 2022