Dallas takes on Buffalo on 3-game losing streak
Dallas Stars (18-16-2, sixth in the Central) vs. Buffalo Sabres (12-20-7, sixth in the Atlantic)
Buffalo, New York; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Dallas heads into the matchup against Buffalo as losers of three in a row.
The Sabres are 6-11-3 at home. Buffalo averages only 3.1 penalties per game, the least in the NHL. Peyton Krebs leads them averaging 0.4.
The Stars are 4-12-1 in road games. Dallas serves 7.6 penalty minutes per game, the least in the Western Conference. Jamie Benn leads them averaging 1.2.
The teams square off Thursday for the first time this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jeff Skinner leads the Sabres with 14 goals, adding 10 assists and totaling 24 points. Alex Tuch has two goals and five assists over the last 10 games for Buffalo.
Joe Pavelski leads the Stars with 16 goals and has 38 points. Jason Robertson has six assists over the last 10 games for Dallas.
LAST 10 GAMES: Sabres: 2-5-3, averaging 2.1 goals, 3.6 assists, 3.8 penalties and 10.9 penalty minutes while giving up 3.3 goals per game with a .910 save percentage.
Stars: 5-5-0, averaging 3.1 goals, five assists, 3.6 penalties and eight penalty minutes while allowing 3.5 goals per game with an .881 save percentage.
INJURIES: Sabres: Dustin Tokarski: out (health protocols), Craig Anderson: out (upper body), Vinnie Hinostroza: day to day (undisclosed).
Stars: Jason Robertson: day to day (lower body), Alexander Radulov: out (covid-19).