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Dallas Stars key statistics

Bishop's save percentage among elite; Pavelski could improve power play

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three key statistics for the Dallas Stars.

 

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1. Bishop save percentage

Ben Bishop, who was a Vezina Trophy finalist last season, led the NHL in save percentage (.934) among goalies to play at least 30 games. He excelled at even strength, when he led the League with a .938 save percentage among goalies to play at least 12 games. His seven shutouts in 46 games were third behind Sergei Bobrovsky (nine) and Marc-Andre Fleury (eight), despite playing 16 fewer games than Bobrovsky did for the Columbus Blue Jackets and 15 fewer than Fleury did for the Vegas Golden Knights. If Bishop stays healthy, expect another Vezina-caliber season from the 32-year-old.

Video: Top 10 saves of 2018-19: Bishop

 

2. Heiskanen goals, ice time

Miro Heiskanen led rookie defensemen with 12 goals, including 10 at even strength, last season. His 23:07 of ice time per game was first among rookies, almost two minutes more than runner-up Rasmus Dahlin of the Buffalo Sabres (21:09). Among all defensemen, Heiskanen's 12 goals were tied for 17th and his 10 even-strength goals were tied for eighth. His time on ice per game was tied for 29th with Morgan Rielly of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Jeff Petry of the Montreal Canadiens. Heiskanen also had good underlying statistics with a plus-14 SAT. All signs point to Heiskanen continuing to evolve into one of the NHL's premier defensemen.

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3. Pavelski power-play goals

Joe Pavelski signed a three-year contract with the Stars on July 1 and will help them in many areas, including the power play. The 35-year-old forward led the San Jose Sharks and was tied for 12th in the NHL with 12 power-play goals last season. It was the fifth time in the past nine NHL seasons he has scored at least 11 goals on the power play. Since 2013-14, Pavelski is tied for third in power-play goals (73) with Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos. His addition will greatly benefit a Stars power play that ranked 11th in the NHL last season (21.0 percent).

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