Dallas Stars vs Los Angeles Kings preview: checkmate the Kings

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 23: Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings and Jamie Benn #14 of the Dallas Stars in the third period at American Airlines Center on October 23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 23: Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings and Jamie Benn #14 of the Dallas Stars in the third period at American Airlines Center on October 23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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The Dallas Stars finally come home after a grueling road trip to take on the Los Angeles Kings. Fans have been waiting for months to pack the American Airlines Center to cheer on their favorite Texas hockey team. Here are the keys to the game for the Dallas Stars vs the Kings.

Dallas Stars vs Los Angeles Kings Preview: 3. Fans need to be loud in the arena

I know Jamie Benn already addressed this through a video on social media, but the fans need to be loud at all times during the game. They fans to show opponents that Dallas is not a friendly place to play at this season.

Dallas Stars vs Los Angeles Kings Preview: 2. Stars need to set the tempo early

The Dallas Stars need to outplay the Kings physically and mentally from the moment of the opening puck drop. The Kings should have to go into the first intermission wondering why their game plan didn’t work in the first period of the game.

Dallas Stars vs Los Angeles Kings Preview: 1. Stars need to show the league what Texas Hockey stands for

It’s time for the league to understand what the Dallas Stars hashtag this season means. The hashtag means playing the game of hockey with the grit and spirit Texans are known for. The league should be on notice after the game tonight what the hashtag means.

Los Angeles Kings players to watch 

Jonathan Quick

I have a gut feeling we will be seeing Jonathan Quick in the net for the Kings tonight. Over the years, the veteran goaltender has given the Stars fits when he’s been the pipes for Los Angeles.

Anze Kopitar 

Anze Kopitar is the leading goal scorer for the Los Angeles Kings with five goals through three games this season. I wouldn’t be shocked if Kopitar wasn’t at the top of the scouting report for the Stars going into this game.