The Dallas Stars (11-5-0) are coming off a 5-2 loss against the Detroit Red Wings and looking to end their first losing streak of the year against the Florida Panthers (8-5-3) who are also coming off a loss after falling to the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in their last game. Dallas is returning home after their four game roadtrip and ended up 2-2 against four quality teams. They will now play this one at home before playing in Colorado Friday, and then the boys have four straight games at home.
Kari Lehtonen will start in the net for the Stars while Scott Clemmensen will start in net for the Panthers. Both teams have injuries to report as Mikael Sameulsson (lower body) and Sean Bergenheim (groin) are out for the game. For the Stars, forward Steve Ott has missed four straight games with a hip pointer and is out once again while Stars Defenseman Alex Goligoski is out with a broken thumb for a few weeks.
The Stars are off to their best start of the season but the last two games didn’t show that strong ability to finish it over the weekend. The Stars are smoking at home (6-1) and five out of six games back in Dallas while being comfortable on home ice could bring some better results. They are going to look to continue their hot streak at home as they will try and prevent the Panthers from winning four consecutively road games for the first time since 1999-2000.
The puck drops at 7:30 pm (CST) at the American Airlines Center as as this will be the only meeting between the Florida Panthers and the Stars. You can catch the game on TV with FOX Sports Southwest or listen on the radio side with Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket. Both teams will be looking for a win and to show that their better then expected starts can last. This game is also Brenden Morrow bobble head night at the AAC and could be an historic night too. The captain is only one point away from his 500th career point and could hit it tonight while all the mini-him’s are in the crowd.
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