(Photo courtesy of zimbio.com) Gut wrenching, devastating, frustrating these are a few words to describe the Stars' last game against the Vancouver Canucks in which the Stars would lose 4-3. Dallas would get on the board early with highlight reel quality wrist shot from Jamie Benn, but the Canucks would answer back scoring a power play goal later in the first period. The Stars would also get goals from Michael Ryder and Brenden Morrow but it wasn't enough to get the victory against the Canucks.
The San Jose Sharks come into town for the first of four meetings with the Stars, and the two Pacific division rivals won't see each other again until April. The Sharks dominated the Stars last season winning five games out of six with Dallas getting a win in a shootout. San Jose played last night in Chicago losing to the Hawks 2-1, while the Stars try to rebound from losing it's last two home games. The Sharks started their season red hot going 7-0 but have tanked since then, going 1-5-3 and 2-5-3 in their last ten games. Dallas has had it's own struggles of late on defense and the offensive side especially on power play going 0 for 12.
Tonight's match up in the net for the Dallas Stars will be Nilstorp, as for the Sharks it could be backup Greiss in the pipes since Antti Neimi played last night in Chicago. It's becoming apparent the Stars' are missing their starting goalie Kari Lehtonen who miss his third game in a row nursing a groin injury. Now on to the keys for the Stars getting a much needed victory over the Sharks tonight. The Dallas defense will be tested again this time by Patrick Marleau who leads San Jose in goals, and Joe Thornton leading in assists for the Sharks, and with Trevor Daley still out the Stars defense will need to step it up. Another key for the Stars is to get more shots on the net, more importantly on the power play as Dallas now sits 21st in the NHL at 15%. Lastly a stat that obliviously has to change for the Stars is that they are allowing more goals than they are scoring GF (44) GA (47) which has to be improved.
Finally tonight Stars' Captain Brenden Morrow will honored as he was voted to the Dallas Stars 20 year All Time Team, former Stars' goaltender Marty Turco received this honor last game against the Canucks. The Dallas Stars will randomly announce a player which was voted by the fans, to this 20 year team at each home game. (The video below shows some highlights of Brenden Morrow).