By Dan Ellis NHL.com Staff WriterOn the road, the Nashville Predators play a new look on Sunday at Boston.
Nashville has gone through its fair share of transition since its last playoff appearance in 2016.
It lost captain Shea Weber and forward Ryan Johansen to free agency, and drafted Shea Theodore in the second round.
Nashville also signed former Stars forward David Legwand in the offseason.
The Predators went into the season with the NHL’s best record, but they’re off to a rough start.
They’re tied for seventh in the West, but sit in fourth place in the Atlantic Division with a minus-10 differential.
With so many key pieces coming off the shelf, Nashville has been forced to play from behind and rely on Dubnyck and Backlund to keep things going.
But the Stars have a different approach to the new season.
The Stars have won 10 of their last 11 games, with their best record since the 2016-17 season.
Dallas is coming off a 10-game win streak, and has won seven of its last eight games.
“It’s definitely a different look and feel for us,” Stars forward Jordie Benn said.
“The last two games, we’ve been able to win.
I think we’ve done a good job of taking our chances and taking advantage of them.”
Dallas has a chance to get back on track with a win Sunday.
Dallas is currently tied for second in the Western Conference with a .824 goals per game average.
Stars defenseman Trevor Daley is one of three Dallas defensemen on the roster with at least five points this season.
Daley has eight points (three goals, three assists) in his last six games, and he’s averaging 19:02 of ice time.
On Saturday, Benn will face the New York Islanders.
Benn has three points (one goal, one assist) in the past two games.
The Stars are coming off their first shutout of the season, and Benn has eight assists.
Benn said the confidence is there, but it comes down to making plays on the ice.
He said he’s been focused on getting more of the puck in the offensive zone, which is a priority for him.
“[I] feel like I’m getting better every game, every night,” Benn said, “so when I’m not getting the puck, I’m taking my time, finding open ice, finding a lane to get it.”
“I just have to get better in those areas,” Benn added.
There’s plenty of time for Benn to improve his play.
His points per game are the highest he’s posted since his rookie season.
He had eight points in 14 games before the season.
Stars captain Jamie Benn is looking to build on the confidence he had in his game last season.
Nashua’s win streak ends Saturday.
Nashville will play its first home game of the year against Boston on Saturday at 8 p.m.
#[email protected]: @[email protected]: The Nashville Predators beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 in front of a crowd of 31,735 in New York on Saturday night.#[email protected]: Bobby Ryan’s goal with 2:13 remaining in the third period sealed a 3-2 win for the Nashville team.