The Stars started this big 6 game homestand off pretty rocky. Losing their first 3 was not ideal, but the Stars turned it around and were able to come out of it with 3 straight wins. The Dallas Stars seemingly had very little difficulty dispatching of the Phoenix Coyotes last night, going up 5-1 before winning the game 6-3. The Stars special teams lead the way on both sides, as the powerplay finally got going last night. The PP ended up scoring 4 times on 6 chances, and a few of the big names got it going. Loui Eriksson and Brad Richards both had big nights again offensively. Eriksson finished with a pair of goals and a pair of assists, and Richards had 2 goals and an assist on the night. Benn added in the a powerplay goal as well and the Stars took control of the game early and cruised to a victory for the second straight game. Brenden Morrow also found the back of the net, scoring his 200th career goal and continuing to look far better then he has the last two seasons. Dallas got a couple of lucky bounces their way, but their play and persistence on the PP earned them and they capitalized on their chances.
Dallas now takes and impressive 8-4 record out on the road, as their next three games will be away from Dallas. It starts tonight as the Stars visit the Colorado Avalanche, before going to LA and Anaheim next Thursday and Friday. So tonight marks their 3rd game in 4 days, but then the team does not play again until Thursday, which should give them a couple of days to rest and continue to improve on things. Tonight the Stars will start Andrew Raycroft in net for the 2nd time, and if he plays anything like his first start then Dallas will be in good shape. Raycroft played great on October 30th, as he shutout Buffalo and Dallas won 4-0. Colorado is 6-5-1 so far on the year, and lost their last game at home against Vancouver 3-1. All three goals for the Canucks were scored on the PP and Colorado has now dropped 3 of 4 at home. So if Dallas can carry over some of their improving play with the man advantage into tonight’s game, and Raycroft plays solid, the Stars can make it four wins in a row. During the winning streak, Dallas has outscored the opponents 15-5 and has showed very improved penalty killing. The Stars are now 20 of 23 on the kill for the last seven games, very improved numbers over their first few games and last season
The Stars need to watch out for young Chris Stewart, who is improving on an amazing season last season and had 8 goals and 6 assists in his last 8 games before not getting a point Thursday night. The Avs will be without a few big names though, as starting goalie Craig Anderson is out for a while and three of the Avs defenseman are injured. Dallas just needs to attack as they have been doing and kill off some penalties tonight, and they can grab another win on the road, where they are 3-1 so far.
Prediction: Stars and Avs get in a scrappy one, but Stars bring home the win by a final of 4-2.