Tonight there is some hockey again. Let’s hope the that the refs decide to pay attention tonight unlike the Dallas Stars loss on Wednesday. The Stars and fired up coach Crawford welcome in the Carolina Hurricanes, a team which the Stars trounced and beat 4-1 in Carolina a couple of weeks ago. Could be nice for the Stars to get home if it is even for one night and get some points. Dallas only got one point out of those two games on the road this week and some of the glaring issues just continue to shine right through the good play.
Dallas can not keep taking off part of the game. For those that don’t know, a NHL hockey game consists of three periods and 60 minutes of hockey at least every time you play. The problem is that the Stars keep either showing up halfway through a game or taking a periods worth of the game off almost every game. Some nights, like Wed, it is the first period and then they pick it up and climb back into games. Others it seems to be the 2nd period and the Stars wake back up when they are in danger of letting things get completely out of control. Crawford needs to get them fired up and coming out ready to go tonight.
Kari Lehtonen is still going to be out tonight and will not play at all this weekend. The Stars are being cautious and not rushing things, but it now means he will not play tonight or tomorrow in Phoenix. Andrew Raycroft will be in net again tonight, and nothing has been announced about tomorrow night’s contest. Raycroft had it rough against Chicago but the defense was awful early in the game and a couple of the goals you could not put on him. As the game went on he definitely go better and held them within reach in the third period. Dallas not might be facing a bit of an injury bug. While Mark Fistric is getting conditioning in the AHL and hopefully will be back in the middle of this next week, the Stars are also without grit guys Peterson and Barch. Aaron Gagnon should play again today and the Stars sent down prospect Larsen but called up Fortunus to be here if needed.