The Dallas Stars end their Canadian road trip tonight when they take on the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.
A four-game winning streak came to an end for the Stars on Wednesday night as they fell to the Calgary Flames 7-4. It will be hard for them to get back to winning ways against a surging Canucks outfit.
There was an alarming lack of hustle and energy against the Flames, with the Stars losing out on battles for the puck on
many occasions. The defense also produced far too many turnovers leaving Richard Bachman to pick up the pieces himself. If the Stars don’t improve for tonight’s tilt, they don’t stand a chance of gaining a positive result.
One thing Dallas can be confident of tonight is their goaltending. Kari Lehtonen will be back occupying the crease. The big Finn has had a superb campaign so far.
Jamie Benn seems to have given the offense a much-needed boost. The young Canadian has played well with the new additions, Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy. The fourth line has been digging deep in the past few games, with Eric Nystrom bagging two goals in as many games. A big game for these guys tonight will be a huge boost for the rest of the team.
The Canucks are currently in a scintillating bit of form, riding a six game winning streak and giving up just six goals in the process.
Roberto Luongo has had a great season in goal for Vancouver so far despite the trade rumours. He is giving a rest for tonight’s encounter, as Cory Schneider will be in between the pipes.
Vancouver has played as a team, with lots of players recording points on a steady basis. The Sedin brothers offer the scoring threat they have for many years, and the likes of Alexander Edler, Mason Ramond and Dan Hamhuis have played well.
Puck drop tonight in Vancouver is at 9pm CT. If the Stars can grab a win tonight it will fill them with confidence before tackling Calgary at the AAC on Sunday evening.