The uphill climb is continuing to become harder for the Dallas Stars. Forget fighting for the Pacific division right now, they just need to find a way to get a couple of wins. After another offensively lacking contest last night against the Tampa Bay Lightning and the offense really struggling for half of the game to even get some shots, the Stars now have to find a way to score on the second night of a back-to-back. So far this season the Stars are 0-6-1 in the second game of back-to-backs and tonight does not look like a great chance to change that. While the Minnesota Wild have been in free-fall mode recently, they are still wining some games at home. Their 2-11-4 record in their last 17 games has resulted in them going from leading their division to sitting one point above the Stars in 9th right now with the Stars having one game in hand. But they are still 12-6-3 at home this season and a team fighting for playoff positioning at home is always dangerous.
Both teams have seen their recent woes coincide with injuries to big names. While Dallas is trying to find a way to survive without Mike Ribeiro and Jamie Benn, the Wild understand the Stars pain right now. Top centers Mikko Koivu and Pierre-Marc Bouchard are both out right now, along with top six winger Guillaume Latendresse. Both clubs are struggling without some of their better players, and tonight could be a scrappy contest between two teams that are going to need the offense to come from all lines.
The puck drops at 8PM Central tonight up in Minnesota, and don’t forget it is on TXA-21 in north Texas because it is a Saturday contest. Tonight will be the first of four contests in only a couple of months between the two teams. The Stars have historically played well against Minnesota, with an all-time record of 26-11-3 versus the Wild. All of the Stars’ last four losses have been one goal games and a big win in what should be another tight game on the road would be a big spirit lifter for the team and fans.
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