Feb 21, 2012; Montreal, QC, CAN; Dallas Stars forward Mike Ribeiro (63) celebrates his goal against the Montreal Canadiens with teammates Dallas Stars forward Michael Ryder (73) and Trevor Daley (6) during the 3rd period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE

Game Preview: Stars Look To Keep Rolling Versus Wild

Streak? It’s a tantalizing word. Especially for the Dallas Stars. Especially at this time of the year.

The Stars sit in eighth place as of this writing, riding a two game winning streak that included solid wins over both the Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Blackhawks. Who’s next? None other than the floundering Minnesota Wild, a team fighting for life in the playoff race. To use a metaphor, the Wild are on life support. They are three points behind the Stars, but sit in 12th place with the Anaheim Ducks ready to pass them. I don’t know if I can convey how enormous of a game tonight is.

The Stars are returning home, to a place where they have beaten the Wild 15 straight times. A win gives them three straight wins, a new lease on playoff life, and a morale boost that could not be accomplished any other way. A loss brings them a set back, a demoralizing loss in front of the home fans, and more obstacles to get into the playoffs. The trade deadline is looming and rumors are floating around about players like Steve Ott and Mike Ribeiro, but these Pesky Stars are focused on the task at hand and winning games in the here and now. This team had put all the nonsense and distraction aside to put together the best two games the fans have seen in months.

It’s a very exciting time of the year, and tonight is another step. Are you a true Stars fan? Do you have $15-$30 to spare? Do you truly love your team? If you answered yes to any of those questions then you have no excuse for not heading to Dallas tonight and supporting your Stars. The puck drops at 7:30pm. Television? Radio? The usual places, but seriously, get to the American Airlines Center tonight. Be there and watch your Stars continue the streak.

Game Notes:

  • Kari Lehtonen will man the pipes tonight after resting last night.
  • The Stars look to break the 0-9-2 record in the second night of back to backs tonight.
  • Jamie Benn is still out with the leg laceration he suffered against Calgary.

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