The Dallas Stars may be a little beaten up and bruised as they come home for tonight’s rematch with the Edmonton Oilers, but tonight the Stars are in need of a win. Tonight’s game is the last for the Stars before the All-Star game, and with two straight bad road losses and injuries to players, picking up a couple points tonight and then getting almost a whole week to rest and reset could be great for this team heading forward.
Tonight the Stars face the Oilers for the 3rd time this month. The Stars beat the 3-2 on the 11th here in Dallas, and then beat them 4-2 in Edmonton last week. The Stars historically and recently have had the Oilers number when they drop the puck, but that does not mean the kids from up north have not come to compete. In both of the games this season, the Stars have been outplayed by the Oilers for most of the game. Both games the Stars were outshot and the Oilers often outskated the Stars players, but in both the Stars got great goaltending and found ways to win. Dallas could use more of that tonight. A win tonight could help get rid of the stench of two straight 7-1 defeats. And it would be great to go into the break on a good note.
The Stars will be without Jamie Benn, Tom Wandell, and Jeff Woywitka is possibly going to still be out as well. The Stars are not saying much about Benn or Wandell’s injuries other then Wandell did not hurt his knee and Benn does not have a concussion, two previous serious injuries they had. Woywitka has missed the last two games with some sort of upper body injury, and so far is questionable for tonight. This means Gagnon has been called back up, as long with Travis Morin making his NHL debut at the age of 27 tonight. So expect the bottom two lines to be juggled around tonight. Game starts early at 6:30 PM CST, so be ready for it and hopefully the Stars can pick up another win against the Oilers tonight.