(Photo courtesy of Jerome Miron-USA TODAY) The Dallas Stars look to regroup after a devastating lost to the Calgary Flames this past Sunday. After giving up a goal to the Flames in the first period, the Stars came out in the second and scored three unanswered goals and seemed to have the game in hand. However in the third period Calgary would do the same and score three unanswered goals of their own, thus winning the game 4-3 over the Stars. Dallas could only muster four shots in the third period while Calgary had six.
The Stars hope to rekindle what they started their last game of their road trip in Vancouver, which the Dallas won 4-3 in a fight filled second period. Dallas is starting to get goals from the depth line players, such as Garbutt, Eakin, Nystrom, Roussel, and Reilly Smith which could help jumpstart the offense again. Vancouver has had it's own struggles of late, dropping their last three games, most recently losing to the Blackhawks in a shootout. The Canucks will be without Jannik Hansen as he was given a one game suspension for an elbow to the head of Blackhawk forward Marian Hossa.
As for the goaltender match up, the Canucks will go with Schneider and the Stars will have Nilstorp in net fresh from the call up from the AHL Texas Stars. The Dallas Stars also have called up defensemen Jordie Benn and forward Matt Fraser who is a proven scorer in the AHL, Matt was second in the entire AHL in goals last year and could start against the Canucks. This possible move could help balance the Stars, as they could use some life on the power play, as Dallas currently sits in 19th (16.4%) in the NHL.
Some keys to this game against Vancouver, stop the Sedin twins by all means necessary, combined they have eleven points in just their last three games. With recent injury to Daley, the Stars' defense will have to find ways to get the puck in behind the Canucks, Trevor is an excellent, fast skater, and great at bringing the puck into the offensive zone. Finally play a full game, the Stars dominated and lead the Flames 3-1 in the second period of their last game, but fell asleep with Calgary scoring three goals consecutively in third giving Calgary the victory. (The video below is from the Stars' last game against the Canucks in Vancouver, three fights in three seconds).