February 9, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) during the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Dallas defeated Columbus 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-US PRESSWIRE

Game Preview: Dallas Stars vs Buffalo Sabres - Can The Stars Find A Win?


A win on the road is a win on the road the day after the game, and going forward that is how the Dallas Stars should look at last night’s 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Stars ended the night with the two points, but the effort overall wasn’t strong and they again had some issues. Now the Stars will be looking to pickup their first win this season in 2nd of back-to-backs as the face the Buffalo Sabres on the road tonight. But even bigger than the Stars’ streak of defeats in back-to-backs is their history in Buffalo. While the Stars beat the Sabres last season 4-0 in the only meeting between the two teams, they have not won a game in Buffalo since Brett Hull‘s Cup winning goal back in the summer of 1999. All-time the Stars are 41-52-18 against the Sabres. Put all of that together, and things look bleak for the Stars tonight. But if they want to keep pace with the playoff race and stop flip-flopping wins and losses, Dallas will have to find someway to break those streaks tonight.

After starting the game last night and playing like an elite netminder, Kari Lehtonen will reportedly be between the pipes again for the Dallas Stars tonight. While coach Glen Gulutzan said last night that Richard Bachman should start the 2nd game, it came out this afternoon the Lehtonen will be in net again. Either something happened or Lehtonen convinced Gulutzan and the coaching staff that he could lead the team to another win tonight. Sheldon Souray will be out tonight though, as Mark Fistric will take his spot after Souray took a puck off his foot last night. Other then Fistric playing for Souray, expect the same lineup as last night. 

The puck drops early again tonight, as the game can be seen on FoxSports Southwest Plus (since the Mavericks game will be on the normal channel) at 6:30 PM tonight. As always the call from Ralph & Razor can be heard on 1310AM The Ticket. This will be the only meeting between the two teams this season. While the Sabres have had a rough season after spending a lot of money this last offseason, they are better in both special teams categories than the Stars and if the boys in white can not fix their special teams efforts tonight, things might get ugly.

    • Both teams are 4-5-1 in their last ten games, but the Sabres are 5-0-4 in their last nine games.
    • Ryan Miller should be in net for the Sabres tonight. Miller has a 0.95 GAA and .969 SV% this week in five games, making this the best five-game span in his NHL career.
    • Pardy, Dowell, and Souray should be the scratches tonight.
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    Tags: Brett Hull Buffalo Sabres Columbus Blue Jackets Dallas Stars Glen Gulutzan Kari Lehtonen Mark Fistric Richard Bachman Ryan Miller Sheldon Souray