Preview: Dallas Stars head to Hockeytown
The Dallas Stars remain on the road as they head to Detroit, Michigan to take on the Red Wings. After an impressive home opener this past Saturday night at a sold-out AAC, with the Stars beating the Coyotes 4-3, but losing a close one Sunday night against the Wild 1-0 at the Xcel Energy Center, Dallas looks to regain a scoring touch as they sit and wait in Detroit.
The Red Wings will be traveling back home to Hockeytown Monday night, after being on the road in St. Louis and Columbus. Tuesday night's game versus the Dallas Stars will be the Detroit Red Wings' home opener, so the crowd will be a big factor in this game. Two two big bonuses for the Stars in this match up is that the Red Wings are without two key veteran players who retired last year. First Tomas Holmstrom a goalie's worst nightmare and an ultra pest all over the ice. Next Nicklas Lidstrom, 7 time Norris trophy winner, called the "Perfect Human" by his peers, I believe he could easily be in the top 5 of all time defensemen in the modern era NHL. So with that being said, the Stars should be able to use this to their advantage. Detroit is still a powerful team, the Stars need to keep in mind the weapons the Red Wings still do have.
I was going to point out some stats for this preview, but since we are only three games into this shorten season I figured there was no point this early. So I'll throw out there 4 key points for the Stars to be successful. Key number one, take the crowd out of this game, it will be the Red Wings' home opener and it will be a raucous crowd. Key number two, establish a good fore check, this is a very different looking defense this year, take advantage of that. Key number three, shut down Datsyuk and Zetterberg a task that will not be easy at all. Finally the last key is for others to step up, mainly players like Ryder and Eriksson, the Stars can't rely on the old guys every night to carry the offensive load. I know it is still early, but every point is critical, travel and back to back games can't be excuses anymore in this shorten season.