Article by: George Royle
The Dallas Stars return to home tonight after a brief two-game road trip. It was a mixed trip, as they disappointingly lost to the Colorado Avalanche before impressively shutting out the Los Angeles Kings just one night later.
Tonight the Stars battle Colorado for the last time this season, as the Avs roll into Dallas looking to break a six-game losing skid at the American Airlines Center.
Despite suffering some poor results of late, the Stars still remain firmly in the playoff picture, sitting just a point outside the top eight. A win tonight could see them back in a playoff spot.
Kari Lehtonen is the likely starter in goal for Dallas. He was phenomenal in LA, stopping 40 of 40 and continues to show he is one of the more elite goalies in the NHL.
The Veteran additions to the Stars’ roster are in a great bit of form right now. Ray Whitney currently rides a six-game point streak (2G + 8A), while Jaromir Jagr has recorded four points in his last two games. These two have breathed some fresh air into the Stars both on and off the ice.
It looks as if the Stars will go into the game with a similar team to the Kings game. Jamie Oleksiak has been sent back to Texas, perhaps suggesting that Aaron Rome will return to the lineup after a foot injury.
While the Stars are shaking off injuries and illness, Colorado is well rested with their last game being on Wednesday night’s win over Dallas.
It has been a tough season for the Avs so far, sitting at rock bottom in their division with 26 points. The team is going through a rebuilding process, but has some great young talent in their armory. Matt Duchene is having a breakthrough season, with 19 assists and 11 goals. He is a dangerous player on the puck who the Stars defense will need to be wary of.
Semyon Varlamov will probably get the start in goal for the Avs tonight.
Tonight is the start of a crucial five-game home stand for Dallas. Puck drop is at 7pm CT.