Despite poor weather conditions, Fistric being sick, Benn and Wandell out for at least the rest of this week; the show must go on and the Stars announced yesterday that no matter how bad it might get they will be taking on Vancouver at the AAC tonight.
I can only imagine what the Canucks must think seeing that a bit of sleet and snow could stop a game considering the state of the north… But that’s neither here nor there.
Gagnon and Morin will keep their spots in the line-up and Woywitka could be in the line-up just in time to take over for the ailing Fistric on the back-end. The Canucks are first in the West and tied for first in the entire league with 71 points and some ridiculous numbers down the line. The harsh defeats at the hands of the powerhouse Canucks have to still be fresh in the minds of the Stars and they must be wanting to show the league that they are good enough to not only lead the Pacific but also take on the leagues best teams, as well. Not to mention the fact that there is only a small gap between them and their next divisional opponent so keeping a points gap is going to be important going into the final portions of the season and on into the playoffs for what we hope will be home-ice advantage.
We are coming off of an exciting break that saw the two Stars in the All-Star games shine, especially Loui Eriksson who was the third star in the game and probably deserved something higher considering his 2-goal, 2-assist showing.
The Stars have a hard stretch of 3-games against some of the leagues best teams when they play Vancouver tonight, then head to Boston to face Thomas and the Bruins then come back home to face the Eastern Conference dominating Flyers. Follow that up with a divisional game against a Phoenix team that is just as good this year as they were last year and you have some tough but very important games coming up in the next 2 weeks.
This is going to be a big test for the Stars, so we will see how they stack up against teams they could be seeing in the Cup Finals should they get that far (pray).
We’ll see if they can get that vision started on the right foot tonight, welcome back hockey season… we missed you.