NHL: Dallas committed to defence
Netminder Jake Oettinger has praised the Dallas Stars for their commitment to defence, saying they are playing like the team who made the Stanley Cup Final in 2020.
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Oettinger made 32 saves to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Friday. That followed 21 stops to help Dallas defeat the high-scoring Edmonton Oilers 4-1 on Tuesday.
In five games (four starts) this season Oettinger has recorded four wins, a spectacular .959 save-percentage and 1.26 goals-against-average (GAA).
The guys have done such a good job committing to defence.Jake Oettinger
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Braden Holtby, 32, has played nine times (eight starts) with a .919 save-percentage and 2.49 (GAA) and Anton Khudobin, 35, has made seven appearances (six starts) with a .873 save-percentage and 3.73 GAA.
Now at 9-7-2 over the season, the Stars have moved up to sixth in the Central Division and are back within view of a playoff spot with games in hand.
The Stars finished third in the Central Division in 2019/20 (37-24-8) before beating the Calgary Flames, Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights to reach the Stanley Cup Final. They were beaten in six games by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Final.
In the run, Oettinger was back-up to Khudobin who played 25 times with a .917 save-percentage and 2.69 GAA.
The 22-year-old said to the media: "The guys have done such a good job committing to defence.
"I think, if you look back two years ago when we went to the finals, we're playing like that team right now, and we just have to keep that going."