Despite sizeable deficits in multiple statistical categories, Dallas took Game 1 by a 4-1 score on Saturday night. Goals from Jamie Oleksiak and Joel Kiviranta in the second period broke a 1-1 deadlock, with Jason Dickinson adding an empty-net tally in the third period. Tampa owned a 27-11 shot advantage during 5-on-5 play according to Natural Stat Trick, and also owned a 55-35 advantage in shot attempts, and a 21-19 advantage in scoring chances. However, Dallas did own an 8-6 advantage in high-danger chances, suggesting that the Stars may have effectively limited the quality of the Lightning’s time in the offensive zone.
Much of the drama for Game 2 centers on availability of a few key players, including Tampa captain Steven Stamkos. Coach Jon Cooper remained vague during his media session on Monday afternoon:
Jon Cooper won't say if Steven Stamkos will play tonight, which is not surprising since he never talks about the lineup in his pregame press conference, as he also said. According to reporters in the arena, Stamkos skated with the scratches this morning so it doesn't look likely.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) September 21, 2020
Dallas forward Roope Hintz, who was injured after blocking a shot in the third period of Game 1, is expected to play, according to Stars coach Rick Bowness.
Monday, Sept. 21
Dallas at Tampa Bay, 7:00 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
*All times Central