After a great win against the Phoenix Coyotes at the American Airlines Center last night, it is straight back to work tonight for the Stars as they travel to face the Minnesota Wild on the road.
Kari Lehtonen had a solid game in goal last night, stopping 37 shots for a save percentage of .925. Glen Gulutzan hinted that Christopher Nilstorp might get the nod to start in between the pipes tonight.
It looks as if the Stars will go with the same lines as last night. Perhaps we could see Aaron Rome, the off-season recruit from Vancouver, make his Stars debut after suffering from a groin injury. He is day-to-day and his return is imminent.
The new-look Wild team also started their campaign with a win. Goals from Dany Heatley (2), Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Mikael Granlund gave them a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.
Zach Parise, on his Wild debut, recorded two assists, both of which came on Dany Heatley’s goals. Ryan Suter didn’t enjoy as much success on his first outing for Minnesota, ending up with a +/- rating of –1 and recording just one shot on goal.
A key match up tonight will be the battle of the first lines. Heatley and Parise seemed to play well together last night, and with Mikko Koivu playing alongside them, the Stars need to shut this line down.
The Stars’ first line of Eriksson, Roy and Jagr looked phenomenal yesterday. The way they linked so well togetherconsidering they hadn’t trained a lot as a partnership was great to see. If these guys fire on all cylinders just like they did last night, the Stars will grab the two points tonight.
With an early back-to-back schedule to start the season, this is going to be very tough on the legs for both teams. We could see some sloppy mistakes, making it crucial for both goalies to be on their toes and stand strong. The Wild also have a great goaltending unit in Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding.
There is some phenomenal talent on show tonight, and I think we could be in for a great game. Puck drop at the Xcel Energy Center is at 7pm.