Dec 31st 2009, Ducks at Stars 7PM
The Dallas Stars have their annual New Year’s Eve game, this year again with the hated Anaheim Ducks coming to visit the AAC. Should be an interesting one tonight. Dallas comes in with a nice 5-4 win over Chicago in their last game and Anaheim is coming off a win at home against Minnesota after losing to San Jose and Phoenix on the road. Dallas sits with 6 points above Anaheim at 45, and only 2 behind LA in the division. After a big home victory, Dallas could now beat one of the worst in the West and go into this weekend’s home game against Vancouver with momentum, and back-to-back victories. Consecutive wins is something Dallas has been fighting for all season as they just can’t seem to string wins together. Last consecutive wins for the Stars were Nov 21&23, and funny enough it was against Carolina and New Jersey (a bottom team, and another top of the league team).
Puck drops at 7pm and I predict a good old fashion Stars vs Ducks game. Should be a physical game, with possibly a fight or two, and for Dallas to dominate this game guys like Ott, Morrow and Neal will have to continue the strong-willed play they have been showing recently and throw the bodies around at times. Good news for Dallas: Mark Fistric is coming off the IR and will play tonight. Fistric should help the defense that has been playing a few fill-in guys recently but now both he and Trevor Daley are both back off IR. Fistric is a plus 6 so far in +/- through the 30 games he has played this year, and could help slow down the high amount of goals going into the Dallas net recently. Also, bad news for the Ducks is that Ryan Getzlaf may not play again after he cut his right leg with his own skate in Saturday’s game and then missed their win over Minnesota. Dallas is 7-1-2 in their last 10 home games, and Anaheim has lost 3 of 4 on the road.