The Dallas Stars will put their points and winning streaks on the line tonight as they will take the ice in Winnipeg for the first time since the re-establishment of the franchise up north. While the Winnipeg Jets have been welcomed back with a lot of fan support and media coverage, the franchise still is stuck in the same position they were in during their Atlanta years. The team has quite a few promising youngsters and former high picks but continues to sit just outside of the playoffs yearly. But while the Jets have had a rocky first season back up north, the Stars can not overlook them and expect an easy win. The Jets are 21-10-4 at home and they play like a completely different team at home.
The Stars will go with Richard Bachman in the crease tonight, giving starter Kari Lehtonen a well deserved night off. Lehtonen has been huge in the Stars 10-0-1 streak, with a 8-0-1 record and three shutouts (including back-to-back shutouts). But the big Fin will have the night off and the Stars are in good hands with Bachman in net tonight. He is 8-3-1 since coming up earlier this season and the Stars have won his last two starts, which were both on the road. Sheldon Souray and Radek Dvorak will both be out of the lineup again. For the Jets, Zach Bogosian and Chris Thorburn will both be out while defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is listed as probable and should be a game-time decision.
The puck drops from Winnipeg at 7:30pm central time for the first and only meeting between the two teams this season. Because of the current streak, the Stars have won six straight on the road and will look to keep rolling tonight. The game will also be the Stars final game this season against an Eastern Conference opponent. Tune in to Fox Sports Southwest or 1310AM The Ticket to catch the action tonight.
- The Stars are 8-6-3 against the East this season, while the Jets are 7-8-1 against the West.
- All-time, Dallas is 11-1-1 when playing the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise.
- The Stars are now 34-35 on the PK during the 11-game streak.