After a three-game Canadian road trip, the Stars play at home tonight to take on the only team they suffered a loss to on the road: the Calgary Flames.
The game will be a significant test for backup goalie Richard Bachman who finished Friday’s game against the Canucks after lead goalie Kari Lehtonen suffered a groin injury. Lehtonen is expected to be placed on the injured reserved list after tonight’s game. Christopher Nilstorp was called up from the Texas Stars as Bachman’s backup if necessary.
The Stars have benefited tremendously from game shifts like Friday’s series of fights, and being down on the scoreboard hasn’t appeared to have an effect on the team’s momentum throughout the game. Whether ahead comfortably or fighting back from being down a few points, this game is highly unlikely to disappoint fans.
Brenden Dillon will be another key player to keep any eye on. His fierce approach on defense and willingness to drop gloves has grown his fan base significantly.
A win tonight would be a huge boost to either team in the conference standings, with Calgary struggling at 13th and the Stars sitting in 7th. The St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars each have 17 points, so a win could give the Stars a much needed boost as the season begins to wind down.
Mike Cammallari will surely continue to be the Stars biggest threat offensively, while the previous challenge of facing Miika Kiprusoff is non-existent with the goalie out due to an MCL injury.
The game starts at 5p.m. tonight and will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest.