Preview: Stars go to the desert to take on the Coyotes
The Dallas Stars travel to the desert to face the Phoenix Coyotes in game two of this back to back series. The Stars seem to have found some momentum heading into this game, after winning another close one last night against the Coyotes 4-3 in the shoot out. That game was the debut of D Jamie "Big Rig" Oleksiak and C Antoine Roussel called up from the AHL Texas Stars.
So looking at tonight's match up, the Dallas Stars look to break their losing streak of back to back games. Ironically today is Groundhogs' Day, which in the movie the everyday is exactly the same, hopefully this won't be the case for Dallas in back to back games. As I have said before I like the changes the Stars have made to the lineup, however they will be tested in this game as this is the return of Phoenix Coyote left wing Raffi Torres from his 21-game suspension. I have a feeling that Torres and Roussel will get to know each other in this tilt tonight, with their similar style of game play.
For the Dallas Stars winning game two of tonight's back to back won't be easy, so here are some quick keys for a Stars' victory. Stop taking unnecessary penalties, of course a lot of these calls have been marginal at best, but just stay of out of the sin bin. Next key, shutdown Vrbata and Hanzal, the Coyotes and Stars have been some high scoring games, don't think the Stars want another shoot out with the Coyotes. Another key, get Phoenix goalie Mike Smith off his game, this is only his second game after returning from injury. Speaking of injuries here they are for Dallas; Roy (groin), Whitney (foot), this means Reilly Smith will get back into the line up for the Stars. Phoenix Coyote injuries are Lombardi (lower body), Sullivan (questionable), Kelesla (questionable), and as mentioned earlier Torres comes back for the Coyotes.
I believe the Stars got something started last night, great energy from Roussel who got his first NHL goal in his NHL debut, Dillon with his physical play and getting a Gordie Howe hatter. Dallas didn't stop there, Ryder stayed hot scoring a goal, getting his 400th career point, and of course none other than Jagr getting the shootout winner against the Coyotes. The Dallas Stars need to take the momentum from last night and use it to their advantage to break their hideous back to back record with a win tonight in Phoenix.