Preview: Stars look to get two points from the Kings
The Dallas Stars hit the road as they travel west to take on the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. The Stars begin this road trip after a 4-1 win over the Blues in a Sunday afternoon game at the AAC. St. Louis would start the scoring first with a goal by David Perron, later in the first period Derek Roy and Erik Cole would both find the back of the net, with Cole getting his first goal as a Dallas Star in just his second game. Loui Eriksson got on the score sheet with a goal in the third period, Jaromir Jagr would close the deal with a goal of his own, and goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 of 26 shots faced.
Now Stars take on the Kings for game one of five in this abbreviated season, Los Angeles has been successful playing at home this year with a impressive 7-1-1 record at the Staples Center. The Stars and Kings are statically the same as far as power play, penalty kill, penalty minutes, and basically any other stat you can think of. Unfortunately, right now the Dallas Stars sit last in the Pacific Division only one point behind the Coyotes, and the Kings are only up by two points over the Stars. If the Dallas get muster a road win against Los Angeles they can get right back in to the middle of this hotly contested Pacific Division.
Looks like the Kings are going with their starter Jonathon Quick in net, while Stars will have Kari Lehtonen to protect their net. As for the players on the Kings' roster, Anze Kopitar leads this team in points, followed by Carter, Richards, Voynov, to name a few. The Kings will be missing a key component on their blue line, Matt Greene their cornerstone defensemen is out for the season with a back injury, while defensemen Willie Mitchell is out with a knee injury with no return date listed. The Stars look to have defensemen Philip Larsen back from injury, as defenseman Aaron Rome and forward Ray Whitney stay out of the line up with foot injuries.
Dallas Stars' forward Loui Eriksson is starting to find his game, scoring three goals in the last four games tying Jaromir Jagr in points with 15. The Dallas Stars have once again reached out to their AHL affiliate team the Texas Stars, calling up the 6' 4" 218lbs foward Francis Wathier on this current road trip, possibly as an extra body if needed. The Stars can gain some ground on one of their Pacific rivals the Kings with a road win, and hopefully can go take a win in the desert against the Phoenix Coyotes this Saturday night.