The Dallas Stars are hitting the road for one of the final times in the regular season as they take on the Buffalo Sabres. All eyes will once again be on Jason Robertson and Tage Thompson as that will be the key matchup of the night. After having a rough outing against the Calgary Flames, expect Jake Oettinger to get the night off. You could tell he wasn’t himself against the Flames. It will be interesting to see if the team backs up Matt Murray between the pipes tonight.
Dallas Stars vs Buffalo Sabres Preview: 3. Get revenge from the OT Loss
If you all remember the first time we played them this season in Dallas, the Stars lost in OT. Tage Thompson went downhill right at Oettinger and found Owen Power wide-open for the OT winner. The Stars have to get two points here tonight if they want to hold off Minnesota or Colorado from taking over the Central Division. Hopefully, the Stars can get it done on the road without any complications. It wouldn’t be bad to see if Robertson can get a hat trick tonight.
Dallas Stars vs Buffalo Sabres Preview: 2. Stop Tage Thompson
Tage Thompson is going to be one of the main hurdles that the Stars will be facing tonight on the road. Craig Thompson could be another one but he just got the last start and it looks like he will be on the bench for the Dallas game tonight. As I said before, Thompson is like the “Eastern Conference version” of Jason Robertson. His high hockey IQ makes him one of the rising stars in this league. That’s why if the Stars can’t shut him down, It could be a long night to kick off the road trip.
Dallas Stars vs Buffalo Sabres Preview: 1. Finish the game strong
The Stars have got to finish the game strong if they have the lead going into the third period. I will give them some credit for rallying in the last game against the Flames to get it tied. However, before the playoffs start, I would like to see how they can handle the third period pressure of holding onto the lead. They need to start getting into the swing of that if they want to have a very long playoff run this offseason. If they can’t handle a team clawing back at them in the third period, it will be a short playoff run for Dallas.
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