Looking for just their second win on home ice this season, the Dallas Stars (6-8-4) play host to the Carolina Hurricanes (5-9-3) on Tuesday night. Game time at the American Airlines Center is 7:30 p.m. CST. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest.
This is the first of two meetings this season between the inter-Conference clubs and the lone game in Dallas.
The teams split the two games last season with both teams winning in regulation on home ice. Entering tonight, the Stars have won six straight home-ice games against Carolina and sport a 10-0-1 record against the Hurricanes in the last 11 meetings in Dallas.
The Stars, who have lost their lost two games, enter tonight with a 1-4-4 record at the American Airlines Center this season. Tonight’s tilt is the first of a five-game homestand.
Dallas is coming off a 6-2 road loss in Chicago. Playing for the third time in four nights (and in three cities), Dallas basically ran out of gas by the third period against the Hawks, and gave up four unanswered goals while getting outshot by a 23-5 margin.
As the mistakes and Chicago goals mounted, Dallas’ energy and level of competitiveness nosedived. Kari Lehtonen, who started all three games, also seemed fatigued by the third period of the last game.
The Stars need to get captain Jamie Benn going again offensively. He has gone 11 games without a goal and has just two assists in his last nine games.
With rookie defenseman John Klingberg stepping up since his callup and the club trying to more time for rookie Jamie Oleksiak, the Stars placed defenseman Kevin Connauton on waivers yesterday for purposes of assigning him to the AHL’s Texas Stars.
On the injury front, Patrick Eaves (lower body) remains out of the lineup. Right winger Valeri Nichushkin (hip surgery) will miss four months. Rookie defenseman Patrick Nemeth (severe forearm laceration from a skate cut) is out for the season.
Carolina brings a three-game losing skid into tonight. The Canes actually played well for most of Sunday’s home game against San Jose, outshooting the Sharks by a 45-19 margin, but could not find the net against San Jose goalie Troy Grosenick. The rookie made his NHL debut in grand fashion. At the same time, much of the Canes attack came from the perimeter with no traffic going to the net.
Prior to their recent losing streak, the Canes had won five of their previous six games. Tonight’s match marks the start of a five-game road trip.
On the Carolina injury front, both Alexander Semin (upper body) and defenseman Jay Harrison (lower body) are questionable for tonight. Center Jordan Staal (leg) is on IR.