January 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13) and Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin (20) face off at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Stars Finish Season with Battle Against Detroit Red Wings

The Dallas Stars will honor their fans tonight in the team’s final game of the season, against one of the Stars’ biggest rivals, the Detroit Red Wings. While the game doesn’t mean much for the Stars in the post-season, a victory for Dallas could mean elimination for the Red Wings from the playoffs.

But, a single point in tonight’s game for Detroit would clinch a spot for the Wings.

The teams have split victories in Detroit this season with Dallas taking the first win in mid-January, 2-1. A week later on the 29th, the Red Wings notched a win of their own, 4-1.

Detroit has been on quite a signifiacnt win streak as the season has begun to wind down, winning every game this week, six in regulation throughout April, and earning another three points in overtime games during the month. The string of victories pushed the Red Wings past the Stars, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and even the Minnesota Wild to seventh in the Western Conference.

Big names like Pavel Datsyuk, and Henrik Zetterberg have been crucial in the team’s end-of-the-season playoff push, and the two lead the team in points. Datsyuk, who sits at the top of the pack has 46 points in the season and has scored a team-high 15 goals. Zetterberg, who trails Datsyuk by only a point, leads the team in assists with 36.

Jamie Benn, Ray Whitney and Loui Eriksson still lead the team in points and are likely to be the team’s strongest performers tonight. Benn sits at the top of the charts with 33 points and is tied with Eriksson in goals at 12. Whitney, who shares 29 points on the season with Eriksson, trails the leading goal scorers by one.

Tonight’s game time was bumped up from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the importance of the game garnering national attention. A strong performance for the Stars tonight will not only give Dallas a chance to keep the rival Red Wings out of the playoffs, it will also provide the team a chance to put the talent that pushed it to the cusp of the playoffs on display for all of America to see.

For the first time this season, instead of being broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest or Southwest Plus, the Stars game will be broadcast on NBC.

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