The Dallas Stars are hitting the ice tonight for their last game of the road trip, and they’ll finally have their starting goaltender back to do it.
Four of those five games were back-to-back games, and Anton Khudobin started all of them.
Khudobin did well, but a fresh set of legs would’ve been helpful to have, especially going into the game against the Avalanche last Saturday.
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Bishop will get the start tonight, and it’ll be interesting to see how he returns from this injury. It shouldn’t be much of a problem, but every once in a while, an injury really sticks around and keeps flaring up. Hopefully that’s not the case for Bishop here.
Goaltending hasn’t been the problem for the Stars though, with the offense struggling to score.
One forward who has been seriously lacking in the offense department is Valeri Nichushkin, who is getting healthy scratched tonight. Nichushkin made his return from the KHL this season after two years away, but he hasn’t really found his scoring touch yet. He’s played well defensively, but the Stars need some offense from him.
Dallas Stars (13-10-3) at Vancouver Canucks (11-14-3)
3:00 PM CT – Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC
Away TV: FOX Sports Southwest (Josh Bogorad and Daryl Reaugh)
Home TV: Sportsnet Pacific (John Shorthouse and John Garrett)
Away Radio: Sportsradio 1310 AM and 96.7 FM The Ticket (Josh Bogorad and Daryl Reaugh)
Home Radio: Sportsnet 650 Vancouver (Brendan Batchelor and Corey Hirsch)
Online Streaming: NHL.tv, Fubo.tv
Last Season vs. Vancouver: 1-2-0
Dallas Stars Injury Report
Connor Carrick: Carrick should be back sometime in late December.
Martin Hanzal: Hanzal is getting closer to returning, but he’s still a little bit away.
Stephen Johns: Johns has no update on his condition at this point.
John Klingberg: Klingberg should be back before the end of the month, but he’s still a little bit away.
Marc Methot: Methot is still at least a few weeks out, though it’s been a few days since we’ve had an update.
Vancouver Canucks Injury Report
Sven Baertschi: Baertschi has been dealing with a concussion for the past month and is still out indefinitely.
Jay Beagle: Beagle broke his arm early in the season and is still on IR.
Erik Gudbranson: Gudbranson has missed the last couple of games with an injury.
Antoine Roussel: Roussel sat out of their last game, and may sit out again this afternoon against his former team.
Brandon Sutter: Sutter injured his shoulder at the end of October, and should be back within the next two weeks.
The Stars could really use a win tonight to end the road trip on a high note before coming back home.