Preview: The Stars look to shine in the desert over Phoenix
The Dallas Stars leave Los Angeles with an impressive win over the Kings, thus breaking L.A.'s seven in row home win streak. The Kings struck first, however, the Stars would counter, as Jaromir Jagr would score a power play goal to knot the game 1-1. Leading into the second period, the Stars and Kings would again trade goals. First, Jeff Carter for L.A., and then Cody Eakin would score for Dallas to end the second period tied. Dallas came out in the third period and never looked back, getting goals from Brenden Morrow, Jaromir Jagr, and the "spark plug" Antoine Roussel would tally the empty net goal.
The Dallas Stars now head into Phoenix to take on a struggling Coyotes team, starting with their defense and goaltending. Coyotes' goalie Mike Smith is slumping as he is 3-3-0 in his last six starts, and giving up at least four goals per game. As for the Stars, Kari Lehtonen is starting to get his game back, having eight of Dallas' eleven wins, after coming back from his lower body injury missing five games.
Ironically the last meeting between the Stars and Coyotes ended in a shut out win for Phoenix, with Mike Smith getting the number star honors, but he only faced a pitiful 17 shots in the entire game. Richard Bachman was in net for the Stars, and was peppered with 34 shots total, stopping only 2 goals, one goal was a power play goal. However that game was filled with Stars' penalties, most of them were avoidable and basically the Stars spent the whole game a man down.
Quickly on to some key points for another Stars' road win, first stay disciplined against the Coyotes. As apparent in their last game, the Stars penalty kill was good, killing 12 of 13 chances, but it's hard to score being a man down the majority of the game. Next attack the net, Coyotes' netminder Mike Smith is in a low right now, take advantage of that with traffic in front of the net. Last key, get some more consistency from all four lines, both offensively and defensively, meanwhile it looks like this defense is starting to solidify, thanks in part to Brenden Dillon. This is the final meeting between the Stars and Coyotes, both teams only separated by one point, and getting two points with a win could land either team behind the first place Anaheim Ducks.