The Dallas Stars return to the ice tonight, and this one might have a little extra physicality to it. While Mark Fistric has started to earn a name as a big hitter around the NHL, he might have stepped it up a notch the last time the Stars played the Nashville Predators. Late in the Stars 6-3 win on December 23rd, Fistric drilled Weber along the boards in the Stars’ zone and Weber later on confirmed that he had the infamous “concussion-like symptoms” the next day. The Predators and Weber’s agent wanted the hit reviewed after it came out that Weber was injured, but the NHL deemed that Fistric would not receive any punishment for the hit. Tonight in Nashville we will see Weber take the ice for the first time since that game and while everyone is saying that there won’t be anything “extra” in the game, I’m not buying it. While Weber’s status with the Predators is up in the air longterm, he is currently their captain and is one of the NHL’s elite defensemen. Fistric plowing over Weber and hurting him earned the young defensive Dman some extra recognition from some, and a little hate from others.
The now future divisional rivals will drop the puck tonight for the second of four meetings this season, and have been going in different directions recently. The Preds will come into the game on a three game winning streak and have posted a 7-3-0 record over their last ten games. Our beloved Stars? 5-5-0 over their last ten and coming off an ugly defensive effort on Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings. Dallas will be hoping that the return of some players from injuries can boost them over the next few games.
Stephane Robidas is expected to make is return to the ice tonight after missing the last six games. Jordie Benn could either be first man scratched tonight or the Dallas Stars could go with seven blueliners, but no matter what they need some help back their. While Benn looked good in his first game in the NHL on Tuesday, veteran Adam Pardy looked awful and has not been impressive when he has played this season. Pardy looks to be staying for now, but with Sheldon Souray and Philip Larsen both potentially coming back in the next week or two, Pardy should be the odd-man out moving forward.
Quick notes for tonight’s game:
- The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest Plus because of the Mavs game. ESPN Dallas talks about where you can view the game and what providers have FSSW + right here: Story. Puck drops at 7PM Central time, so make sure you know where the game will be for your broadcast provider beforehand.
- The Dallas Stars will have their official watching party tonight at TGI Friday’s in the West End. The team’s twitter is reporting that they will have half-price appetizers and more.
- You can again expect Kari Lehtonen to man the crease tonight. Kari looks healthy again, and the five goals allowed on Tuesday were as much on the defense as they were him.
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