The Dallas Stars head back to one of the more hostile environments that they play in as they face off against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center, Sunday night at 7:00 PM.
All things considering, as seemingly bitter as the Minnesota faithful are that the Stars relocated to Dallas 20 years ago, the Stars are 11-11 in the Hockey State. However, this is a brand new looking team, as the Wild "won" the free agency race this past summer landing the two biggest names: Zach Parise from New Jersey and Ryan Suter from Nashville.
Last night, both teams found the win columns as they enjoyed sellout crowds at home. Dallas defeated the Phoenix Coyotes while the Wild hosted the Colorado Avalanche.
The two teams also saw their newest acquisitions contribute immediately. The aforementioned Parise assisted on two of the Wild goals while the Stars new forwards of Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney had a total of 7 points.
Stars fans will most recently remember the final game from the 2010-2011 season when all Dallas had to do was win and they would have made the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Tonight, look for a huge night with emotions as Eric Nystrom, traded to Dallas from Minnesota at the start of last season has played with the figurative "chip on his shoulder" each game against Minnesota. In net, rookie Christopher Nilstorp will be making his debut as Kari Lehtonen will get nights off more frequently during this shortened season.
Notable: Biggest thing to look for tonight is will the Stars be able to over come the 2nd half of back-to-backs, or will they see the 1-11-2 record in game 2's continue to plague them?