The Dallas Stars take the road looking for answers this week after losing both of their games in a back-to-back set over the weekend. After falling in overtime to the Phoenix Coyotes on the road Saturday, they returned home to host the Nashville Predators hoping for a win. But they lost 3-2 to the Preds despite a push late in the game to try and come back, and they finished the two games with only one point. Now the Stars have a two-game road trip up and they start it with a game against the Montreal Canadiens tonight. Mike Ribeiro will make his first trip back to Montreal since being traded by the Habs in 2006 to Dallas, and will do it with trade rumors swirling around him and the Stars as the trade deadline is now less than a week away.
The Stars will again be without Jamie Benn, Sheldon Souray, and Brenden Morrow. The team is saying that Benn and Souray are on track to make a return Thursday in Chicago, but right now both are still out. The struggling Canadiens will be without Brian Gionta, Andrei Markov, and Travis Moen for the lone match-up between the two teams.
Expect Kari Lehtonen and Carey Price to be the battle tonight in-between the pipes for the opening puck drop at 6:30 central time. As is the norm, you can find the broadcast on FoxSports Southwest and 1310AM The Ticket all night. While the Stars have been having their own issues, the Habs have started to slip in the standings in the East. They are 2-4-1 in their last seven home games and allowed three or more goals in nine of their last fourteen overall. While the Canadiens have the leagues best PK, they are one of the worst powerplay teams, just like the Stars (14.1% for Montreal, 14.7% for Dallas). The one promising stat for the Stars is that Montreal does not shoot the puck a lot either, and if Lehtonen can keep the game close they will still have a chance.
- The Stars are 31-70-21 all time against Montreal
- Loui Eriksson will play despite his wife giving birth to their first child, a daughter. Loui flew into Montreal this morning and joined the team.
- The lines will remain the same from the last couple of games without Benn.