The Dallas Stars will look to claim two more points tonight before they head back onto the road, as they host the Phoenix Coyotes in downtown Dallas. The Stars will look for their third win this season over their divisional rivals, and the winner will hold sole possession of 3rd place in the Pacific Division (at least for a couple of days) and gain a little ground in the playoff picture in the West. The Stars are coming off their Saturday win over the Minnesota Wild in a shootout at home, while the Coyotes are coming in with a little bit of a hot streak. The “Yotes are 2-1 since the All-Star break and won their last game before the break as well. On top of that, their last two wins were against the Sharks and Red Wings in their last two games. A big win tonight would help either team build momentum and keep things rolling.
The Stars of course will be without Brenden Morrow again this evening, as he will still be out until after their two game road trip later this week, if not longer. Morrow’s neck/shoulder issues continue to cause him to miss games, and might also be hurting his value if the Stars are listening to offers for him. Adam Pardy will not be with the team as well, as the Stars have sent him down to Austin for a “conditioning” stint with the Texas Stars. The move allows the franchise to avoid waivers for about a week while figuring out what they want to do with their eight defensemen and keep Pardy active. The Coyotes will be without defenseman David Schlemko tonight as he remains out with a foot injury, but other than that Phoenix is healthy right now.
The puck drops at 7:30PM tonight locally and you can catch the game on FoxSports Southwest and 1310AM The Ticket tonight. Expect Kari Lehtonen to man the crease again for the Stars tonight, but Richard Bachman should start on of the back-to-back games later this week. This will be the fourth meeting between the teams this season as the rivals will face each other two more times during the 2nd half of the season. While you never know what could happen on the ice, history shows that we could be in for another 1-0 or 2-1 affair between these teams tonight. While things could be low scoring, guys like Jamie Benn and Keith Yandle are always dangerous and both should be players that you keep an eye on tonight.