The Dallas Stars continue their five-game road trip tonight out on the west coast as the will square off with the Los Angeles Kings for the fourth time this season. After a forgettable start to the trip Thursday night in San Jose, the Stars really could use a bounce-back performance tonight. If they are going to pick up in points tonight, they will be doing it in front of Richard Bachman. Bachman came in for the third period of the game on Thursday and looked great, and with Andrew Raycroft‘s last few performances, Glen Gulutzan has given the youngster the nod tonight. Bachman has played in two career NHL games, but tonight will be the 24 year-old’s first start in the majors. The Kings will also start their back-up tonight, as Jonathan Bernier will square off against the Stars for the second time this season. While Bachman is the unknown tonight, Bernier is one of the top goalie prospects in hockey and is one of the best back-ups in the NHL right now. The Kings will come into the game on a losing-streak themselves as they have lost three straight after losing to the Wild at home in their last game. Despite their streaky play this season, the Kings are only one point behind the Stars and three behind the division leading Coyotes.
After getting a few players back form injuries this week, the injury report looks a lot better for tonight. Mark Fistric will miss his second game while serving his three game suspension. Adam Burish and Kari Lehtonen continue to remain on IR. For the Kings, top offseason addition Mike Richards is out along with Scott Parise.
The puck drop tonight is another late one, as the game starts at 9:30pm CST due to the game being out west. Thankfully this is the last season that Stars fans and players will have to deal with this so often. Being a Saturday game, the contest will be on TXA-21 tonight and as always the radio broadcast will be on 1310AM The Ticket. The Stars have lost five of their last six road games, and are 1-2-0 against the Kings this season with their only win coming in overtime at the AAC about two weeks back. The Stars will have to come better prepared to this contest, as another disastrous start could sink them bury them early and doing so could be trouble with a rookie starting. A smart and simple gameplan could get them going and build his confidence.