Dallas Stars at Boston Bruins
Tuesday, November 5 @ 6 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM
The Stars (6-6-2) continue their three game East coast road trip tonight in Boston to take on the Bruins for the first time since December 2011. Coming off a 4-3 shootout win in Ottawa on Sunday, Stars coach Lindy Ruff specified the need to limit crucial mistakes after allowing the Senators to tie the game with just 9.3 seconds remaining in regulation.
"We're going to have to learn how to win," Ruff said. “We’re going to have to fix a few of those mistakes that we made and get a greater understanding of when you are up 2-0 in a game what kind of opportunities you want to give up.”
Stars forwards Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley make their highly anticipated return to TD Garden for the first time since being traded to Dallas in July. Both Seguin and Peverley were members of the 2011 Stanley Cup winning Boston Bruins.
“I have no idea what to expect, but I am excited,” Seguin told the Stars official website after Monday’s practice in Boston. “I saw some of the guys when I got in yesterday and it’s going to be a cool experience."
“It’s a lot of fun coming back. It’s a great city and it was home for three years,” Peverley said. “I loved being here and it will be fun playing tonight.”
Seguin, the former second overall pick in 2010 spent three seasons with the Bruins and said he’s still keeping tabs on the team.
“Yeah, I still keep up,” Seguin said. “I just always like looking back at where I played and see how everyone is doing. I have tons of close friends on that team, so I keep up.”
Seguin, who recorded 121 points (56 goals, 65 assists) in 203 regular-season games with the Bruins, now leads the Stars in both goals (6) and points (15) to start 2013-2014 season.
“I think his play for us has been real good,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “Offensively he’s got good numbers, defensively he’s played well. I think there are areas we keep trying to improve. For playing center for the first time in a couple years, Tyler has done a nice job.”
Ruff juggled his lines again on Monday by reuniting Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, and moving Valeri Nichushkin to the top line. Nichushkin recorded his first career NHL goal in Ottawa on Sunday.
"He’s on his way up and we hope we can keep him there," said Ruff. "But by far and away our best skater and probably our best player in (the last) game.”
Goaltender Kari Lehtonen is likely to make his seventh consecutive start for the Stars tonight in Boston. Allowing just three goals or fewer in all six games since his return from a lower body injury, Lehtonen currently ranks sixth in the league in both goals against average (1.94) and save percentage (.936).
Tuesday night marks the first of two meetings between the Stars and Bruins this season. The Bruins currently lead the all-time series against the Stars with a record of 74-30-23, including 43-10-10 in Beantown.
GOALS: Tyler Seguin (6)
ASSISTS: Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin (9)
POINTS: Tyler Seguin (15)
SHOTS: Alex Chiasson (48)
Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Valeri Nichushkin
Ray Whitney - Cody Eakin - Alex Chiasson
Rich Peverley - Shawn Horcoff - Erik Cole
Antoine Roussel - Vernon Fiddler - Ryan Garbutt
Brenden Dillon - Stephane Robidas
Trevor Daley - Sergei Gonchar
Alex Goligoski - Jordie Benn
Dan Ellis (backup)
The Bruins (8-5-0) are coming off a 3-1 loss at the New York Islanders on Saturday. It was the third loss in the last four games (1-3-0) for Boston, who had won seven of their first nine games to start the season.
"I don't know what you want to call it, but I call it not good enough," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "There's no way in the world you should come in here and play the way you play. We're not competing hard enough."
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is expected to start tonight for Boston and currently ranks fourth in the league in save percentage (.940) and tied for second in goals against average (1.73).
Bruins forward Loui Eriksson, acquired by Boston in the Tyler Seguin trade, practiced with the team Monday and was officially cleared to play in tonight's game after suffering a concussion on October 23.
“I am feeling better,” Eriksson said after Monday’s practice. “I’ve been skating for a couple days now and the head is feeling better. I am feeling pretty good right now and we’ll see about tomorrow. I still have some testing to do.”
Eriksson notched over 350 points in 501 games played during his seven year tenure as a Dallas Star. He's recorded three points (two goals, one assist) in eight games as Bruin so far this season.
Forward Reilly Smith, also acquired in the Seguin deal, ranks fourth on the Bruins with 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) in 13 games for Boston.
GOALS: Milan Lucic (6)
ASSISTS: David Krejci (11)
POINTS: David Krejci (13)
SHOTS: Jarome Iginla (37)
Forward Loui Eriksson (concussion) is probable. Defenseman Johnny Boychuk is day to day.
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg - Chris Kelly - Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid
Chad Johnson (backup)