It has been a long, long time since we’ve seen Brenden Morrow in action. It seems like an eternity. But the Captain has announced he will go tonight, and the Stars are finally complete for the first time since the beginning of the season (well, Souray is out tonight, but i’m mainly referring to the offense), and with the team on it’s hottest streak since that first month, could Morrow’s return possibly come at a better time? The Stars still haven’t reached their full potential, and still won’t for another couple games, as Gulutzan said he will limit Morrow in his first night back. Still, this is an exciting prospect for Stars fans. It all begins tonight against the division rival Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks were making things interesting before and after the All Star Break, looking like they would make a miraculous run into the playoffs. At one point, they were just two points behind the Stars, but now the Ducks have slipped up and have fallen back towards the bottom of the Conference standings. They still hold immense talent, and like Columbus, are mostly going to play a spoiler role in the last weeks of the NHL season. It’s obvious this is not a game for the Stars to take lightly. A win for Dallas tonight gives them 81 points, and essentially buries the Ducks for good. It will also increase their lead over the LA Kings to 7 points (a steep hill to climb with no more games between the two) and with San Jose and Phoenix playing against each other, the Stars will also increase their lead over one of those teams no matter the outcome. Though, with Phoenix ahead of San Jose by one point, they could move into a tie with a SJ OT win, putting them both four points behind Dallas should they pick up the win tonight. Two points will also put the Stars two points ahead of Chicago in the big picture.
Scoreboard watching becomes a national past time for all hockey fans this time of the year, and with the Stars making the most impressive playoff push us Texans have seen in years, things will only grow more intense by each passing day. It all boils down to the fact that the Stars have a chance to continue putting space between themselves and the competition and with more healthy bodies than we need, the depth on this Stars team is at an all-time high thanks to rookies like Tomas Vincour and Ryan Garbutt. It”s the stretch run, the playoff push, the promised land seems within grasp. The fight continues tonight against the Anaheim Ducks. Get to the AAC, experience a true playoff atmosphere, and cheer on your Dallas Stars. Puck drop is at 7:00pm.
- The Stars are 4-1 against the Ducks this year, and will look to continue the dominance.
- Michael Ryder will also look to continue his dominance over opposing teams, seeking his 30th goal of the year, as well as continuing his eight-game point streak.
- Brenden Morrow and Steve Ott are a go for tonight, Sheldon Souray is not. This means either Tomas Vincour or Ryan Garbutt will be scratched, and that Adam Pardy will jump in the lineup.