The Dallas Stars will have a difficult test tonight on the road. After dropping an afternoon contest to the Los Angeles Kings at home on Sunday, the Stars now are the team standing between the Detroit Red Wings and the NHL’s all time home winning streak. With their 20th straight home win over the Philadelphia Flyers over the weekend, the Red Wings tied the record and now have their sights set on breaking the record against the Stars tonight. After the first three meetings this season between the two teams, things don’t seem to favor the Stars. The Red Wings have won all three previous meetings this season, two in regulation and last one in a shootout at the AAC last month.
The Stars will again be without Sheldon Souray as he sits out with a foot injury after taking a puck off his foot last week, and captain Brenden Morrow continues to stay on IR while dealing with his neck/shoulder issues. For the Wings, Jimmy Howard is the big injury right now (finger), but Detroit has still found ways to win without their number one netminder. Dan Cleary and Patrick Eaves are both out right now as well.
Overall since the All-Star break the Red Wings are 5-1-1 while the Stars have gone 3-3-1 and seem to just be sitting in neutral with the schedule cranking up. Tonight offers a big chance for the Stars to slam the door on a top team and gain some confidence going forward. While the Wings have beaten just about everyone in their magnificent streak, someone has to end the streak right? Some might say why would the Stars finally be the one to do it. I can’t help but thinking, why not? The puck drops from the Joe at 6:30 central time and you can catch the game on FoxSports Southwest for your viewing pleasure, or of course you can hear the game over the radio on 1310AM The Ticket.
- The Stars are 13-13-1 so far this season on the road, while the Red Wings are 23-2-1 overall at home.
- During the streak the Red Wings have only allowed more than two goals twice.
- The Stars were win No. 4 in the streak, losing 5-2 at the Joe back in November.
- Kari Lehtonen and Joey MacDonald will be the starters in the creases tonight.