Looking for back-to-back wins after stumbling in Buffalo on Saturday night to go winless in three games, Lindy Ruff’s Dallas Stars (24-21-8) are in action for the third time in four nights as they travel to Beantown to take on Claude Julien’s Boston Bruins (28-18-7). Game time at TD Garden is 6:00 p.m. CST. The game will be televised locally on Fox Sports Southwest.
This is the second and final meeting of the season between the inter-conference teams, and the lone game in Boston. The Stars lost, 3-1, on home ice on Jan. 20.
The Stars are coming off a 3-2 overtime win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Despite getting outshot, 20-2, in the third period and yielding a game-tying goal with just 1:20 left on the clock, the Stars pulled out a win on an Ales Hemsky overtime tally. Kari Lehtonen stopped 34 of 36 shots to earn the win in net. Jason Spezza (power play) and Erik Cole scored second-period goals for Dallas.
On the Dallas injury front, Travis Moen (lower body) is unavailable for this game. Forward Valeri Nichushkin (hip surgery) and defenseman Patrik Nemeth (severe forearm laceration from a skate cut) remain on injured reserve.
The Bruins enter this game coming off a disappointing effort against the Montreal Canadiens — who swept their four-game regular season series — in a 3-1 home loss on Sunday. David Pastrnak scored the lone Bruins goal. Tuukka Rask stopped 31 of 33 shots in a losing cause. The final Montreal goal was an empty netter.