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5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET1:30 GMT9:30 6:30 PM MST8:30 PM EST5:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ET23:30 BRT, December 6, 2021
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas  Attendance: 17,256

Stars face Coyotes, vie for franchise record-tying streak

Arizona Coyotes at Dallas Stars

  1. Dallas beat the Coyotes, 3-2, in Arizona on November 27. It was the Stars' 12th win in their last 13 games against the Coyotes, dating back to March 2016.
  2. The Stars have won their last 13 home games against the Coyotes, a winning streak which began in March 2012. This is the second-longest home winning streak against a particular opponent in Stars franchise history (Minnesota or Dallas). They won 16 consecutive home games versus the Wild from 2003 to 2012.
  3. The Coyotes, who lost 7-1 to the Golden Knights on Friday, have scored no more than one goal in a league-high 12 games this season (1-10-1). The Canadiens (10) are the only other team with more than eight such games this season.
  4. Travis Boyd has scored four of the Coyotes' 11 goals in their last six games. (No other Arizona player has more than two goals over that span.) Boyd has done that despite having only seven shots on goal in the team's last six games.
  5. The Stars have won their last six games, by scores of 4-1, 4-1, 3-1, 3-2, 4-1 and 3-2. This is the second time in Stars history that they won six consecutive games while scoring no more than four goals and allowing two or fewer goals in each game. They had a six-game winning streak of that kind in 2019-20.
  6. Jason Robertson has scored the winning goal in three of the Stars' last five games. That matches the number of game-winning goals Robertson scored in the first 64 games of his brief NHL career.

The Dallas Stars look to take their winning streak into the franchise record books when they host the Arizona Coyotes on Monday.

After six consecutive victories, the Stars are on the verge of tying the club record of seven wins in a row. The mark has been reached five times in Stars history, most recently during the 2019-20 season.

Amongst the many things clicking for Dallas right now, the line of Jason Robertson, Joe Pavelski and Roope Hintz has been carrying the offensive load. The trio have combined for a whopping 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) over the last six games.

Robertson and Pavelski are each on four-game point streaks, with Pavelski riding an even more notable multi-point streak. Pavelski has at least two points in each of his last four games, with nine (three goals, six assists) on the scoresheet during that time.

The strikes have also been coming early and often, in history-making fashion. Dallas is the first NHL team to ever score within the opening 75 seconds of four consecutive games.

All of this quick action has come from the Stars' top line. Hintz has two of the early goals, Pavelski one, and Robertson scored 68 seconds into Thursday's 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"I just think we're ready to go, we're ready to start the games," Robertson said. "Especially these past couple of games, we just feel confident, ready to go on the first shift and the puck is really finding our sticks in the early going."

The Coyotes have already been part of the Stars' win streak, dropping a 3-2 result on Nov. 27.

That loss is part of a 1-4-0 stretch for the Coyotes that reached a low point in their most recent outing. Playing on home ice last Friday, Arizona took a crushing 7-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights.

"They're beating us up the ice all night, (they) had odd man opportunities, and ... there was a ton of rush goals for them," said Travis Boyd, who scored the Coyotes' only goal. "At the end of the day we just can't give up that many opportunities for them."

Arizona has a league-low 12 points and also sits near the bottom of the standings in both goals scored (43) and goals allowed (89). As a result of these offensive and defensive struggles, the Coyotes are 1-13-1 when opponents have scored three or more goals in a game.

Coyotes forward Clayton Keller has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his last eight games.

Since Karel Vejmelka was scorched for seven goals on 32 shots against Vegas, Scott Wedgewood is likely to get the start in net on Monday. Wedgewood stopped 26 of 29 shots against Dallas in their previous meeting.

Dallas coach Rick Bowness said goaltenders Jake Oettinger and Braden Holtby will split starts over the next four games. The exact order of appearances isn't known, though both goalies have been playing well.

Holtby is 4-4-1 with a 2.30 goals against average and .927 save percentage in 11 games. Oettinger stopped 20 of 22 shots against Columbus, improving his record to a perfect 5-0-0 with a sterling 1.41 GAA and .951 save percentage in six games.

--Field Level Media

Updated December 5, 2021

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