It has been a pretty remarkable few weeks for the Stars. When Nieuwendyk decided to trade away Brenden Morrow, Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy, it seemed as if he had admitted defeat on the season. However, four straight wins later and Dallas are back in business.
Sitting just two points from eighth place with a game in hand, the Stars are back in action tonight as they host the San Jose Sharks at the American Airlines Center.
With the Stars not deciding to skate today due to playing in Nashville last night, the starting goalie is still unknown. Kari Lehtonen practised yesterday but ultimately wasn’t ready to play. Richard Bachman stepped in and had a solid game.
Either could go tonight.
The blend of youth and experience still continues to be a crucial factor in the recent success for Dallas. The likes of Alex Chiasson, Antoine Roussel and Cody Eakin are bringing great energy to the team, whilst Ray Whitney and Eric Nystrom are offering a lot on offense.
Looking at the Sharks, they come into tonight’s encounter well rested after flying down from Detroit on Thursday night. They sit comfortably in the playoff picture, currently occupying fifth place in the Western conference with 49 points.
Their seven game win streak was halted by the Stars last Sunday in the Shark tank. Since then, they have lost to the Blue Jackets and beaten the Red Wings.
The Sharks know, like many teams, that they will have an advantage in the face off circle. With the Stars on the second night of a back-to-back, it is going to be very a tough encounter.
A win for Dallas tonight will give them the eighth playoff seed in the West.