The Dallas Stars return to American Airlines Center tonight to take on the division-rival Los Angeles Kings. The Stars are coming off a two-game win streak in a six-game inter-division series that concludes with tonight’s match against the Kings.
Tonight’s victory will be big for either team, with the Kings looking to gain ground on the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks, and the Stars pushing to be in striking range of a playoff spot. A win tonight for the Stars would mark only the second time the team has stretched a win streak to three.
Rookies and new acquisitions have been crucial to the success of the Stars’ last two games, many of who were moved up or brought on just after the trade deadline Tuesday. Alex Chaisson, who moved up Tuesday from Dallas’ AHL farm team, the Texas Stars, will be looking to score in his third straight game since putting on Dallas’ jersey. Lane MacDermid, who’s questionable for tonight’s game after suffering a lower-body injury in Friday’s game against Anaheim, also scored in each of his first two games as a Dallas Star. MacDermid was acquired from Boston in the trade for Jaromir Jagr last Tuesday.
Team veterans can’t be counted out either though, including Eric Nystrom who has also scored a goal in each of the last two games. Jamie Benn leads the team in points, with his goal in Sunday’s shoot out putting him at eight goals for the season. Loui Eriksson still leads the team in goals-scored with 10 and was also responsible for keeping the Stars in Sunday’s battle against the Shark.
Winning at home has been a continuous struggle for Dallas this season, with the Stars posting an 8-9-2 at-home record thus far. One of the most recent at-home defeats was the 3-2 loss to the Kings late last month.
Dallas’ rock-star goalie Kari Lehtonen will surely have his work cut out for him tonight, with the Kings averaging 2.90 goals per game and the Stars allowing an average of 3.05. But the Big Fin seems to have grown accustomed to the scoring threat of the Kings, allowing only three goals on 80 shots sent his way in Dallas’ last two games against Los Angeles.
The game kicks off tonight at 7:30 p.m. at American Airlines Center and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.