Dallas Stars really need a win against NHL’s worst team



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StorylineFor just the second time this season, Dallas has the chance to win three games in a row. Dallas lost to Vancouver in overtime Nov. 13 following wins at Calgary and Edmonton. The Stars are in the middle of a 4 1 1 run and are playing the worst team in the NHL. You always say “they need to win this game,” but they really need to win this game.

MacKinnon has fought through a tough season and been a force to contend with every night. He has two goals and two assists in three games against the Stars this season and leads the Avalanche with 25 points (9 goals, 16 assists). Seguin has topped MacKinnon with three goals and three assists in three games against Colorado this season. He leads the Stars 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists)

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That’s the goal differential for the Avalanche, worst in the NHL. Colorado ranks last in goals scored (2.06), goals against (3.26) and that leads them to be last in record (12 21 1).

NotableDallas (15 14 7) is coming off a 3 2 win at Arizona Tuesday and is 10 5 3 at home.

Colorado (12 21 1) is coming off a 6 3 loss to Calgary at home Tuesday and is 8 9 0 on the road. The Avalanche is 1 6 0 in its past seven games.

Dallas is 2 8 4 in games following a win this season.

is expected to start for the Stars. He is 8 10 3 with a 2.83 GAA and .900 save percentage. He is coming off a 3 2 win at Arizona Tuesday and is 9 3 3 in his career against Colorado with a 3.05 GAA and .890 save percentage. He is 1 1 1 in his career against the Stars with a 3.01 GAA and .908 save percentage.

Antoine Roussel jersey cheap (upper body) and Patrick Sharp jersey cheap (concussion) are both close to being ready, but both remain on IR.

Cody Eakin jersey cheap returns after serving a four game suspension for hitting Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist jersey cheap. Eakin’s return allowed the team to assign Jason Dickinson to the AHL Wednesday.

Stephen Johns and Patrik Nemeth jersey cheap are expected to be healthy scratches on defense for Dallas. This is the 10 scratch for Nemeth in the past 12 games.

The Stars are 2 1 0 against the Avalanche this season, losing the first game 6 5 Oct. 15 at Colorado, then winning 3 2 at Dallas Nov. 17 and 3 0 at Colorado Dec. 3.

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of people and stuff, but at the same time it’s in our zone, and we’re not pushing it their way. There were some unfortunate plays, but we still take responsibility for that and have to find ways to be better. They were better than us tonight.”

Colorado forward Jarome Iginla jersey cheap on goalie after a 6 3 loss to Calgary.

“We’ve really tried to look at it game by game, knowing Antti has played better at home and Kari has played better on the road. If you look at this game, Kari played a really strong game against them last time, but we also want to get Antti back in, because he’s been really good. We go through this process almost every game, weighing different numbers and trying to balance all of that.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff on the decision to play Friday. Lehtonen had a 23 save shutout Dec. 3 in a 3 0 win at Colorado.

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StorylineIt should be a big deal when the defending Stanley Cup champions come to town, but even that seems meaningless in this disappointing Stars season. Former Stars defenseman Trevor Daley jersey cheap is out with a knee injury and still has not made his return to AAC since being traded to Chicago. New defenseman Greg Pateryn arrived Tuesday and won’t play. Remi Elie probably won’t make his NHL debut. It is what it is for Stars fans right now.

Lindy Ruff has liked matching Cody Eakin jersey cheap against Crosby in the past, but the guess is he gives Faksa the assignment tonight. Faksa has 28 points (8 goals, 20 assists) in 60 games this season. Crosby ranks second in the league with 67 points (34 goals, 33 assists) in 54 games. In 11 career games against the Stars, Crosby has 15 points (8 goals, 7 assists) and is plus 5.

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Pittsburgh leads the NHL in scoring with 3.48 goals per game and in shots on goal per game at 34.1. Dallas ranks 29th in goals against per game at 3.23 and last in save percentage at .894.

NotableDallas (23 28 10) is coming off a 6 3 loss at home against Boston Sunday and is 17 10 6 at home. Dallas is 3 8 0 in its past 11 games.

Pittsburgh (28 14 8) is coming off a 4 2 win over the Flyers in their outdoor game Saturday and is 13 10 5 on the road. Pittsburgh is 8 1 3 in its past 12 games.

Antti Niemi jersey cheap will get the start in goal for Dallas. He is 10 9 4 on the season with a 3.19 GAA and .899 save percentage. He is 6 2 1 in his career against the Penguins with a 2.42 GAA and .926 save percentage.

Matt Murray is expected to start in net for the Penguins. He is 23 7 3 with a 2.27 GAA and .926 save percentage. He has never played against the Stars.

Patrik Nemeth jersey cheap and Jamie Oleksiak jersey cheap were healthy scratches last game. One will come in to take the place of Jordie Benn jersey cheap, who was traded to Montreal Monday.

Dallas ranks 30th in penalty kill Success jersey cheap at 73.3 percent and 30th in power play goals against at 54.

Pittsburgh ranks 7th in power play Success jersey cheap at 21.7 percent and has 44 power play goals.

Pittsburgh is second in the NHL in third period scoring at 80 goals. Dallas has allowed more third period goals than any other team in the league at 73.

Pittsburgh is 26 0 0 when leading after two periods. Dallas is 1 21 2 when trailing after two periods.

Dallas is 8 14 4 vs. the East. Pittsburgh is 12 4 5 vs. the West.

Lauri Korpikoski jersey cheap will play his 600th NHL game and Brett Ritchie his 100th.

In 41 career games against the Penguins, Jason Spezza jersey cheap jersey cheap has 48 points (17 goals, 31 assists) and is plus 14.

He said it”It’s an opportunity Wholesale NHL Jerseys
for our group to accomplish a lot of stuff inside a game because we felt we were right there with them last year. And same type of team, a lot of speed, create a lot of chances. We know we’re going to get chances. We’re going to play against some players that can make some special plays.”

Stars coach Lindy Ruff on facing the defending Stanley Cup champions

“The last couple of practices I’ve really liked. It seems like he’s got himself in a better place. Even the day before yesterday, I liked his practice. The goal is to get him back in there, get him playing again. I think he got a little bit out of sync and all we’re trying to do is get him back in a better place.”

Stars coach Lindy Ruff on starting Antti Niemi jersey cheap in goal for just the second time in the past nine games

“He’s getting closer. There’s a good chance we could see him in the next couple games. Not today, but after that, I think we’d take a chance of trying to get him up and running. I don’t think it’s going to be easy for him to have that much time off, but he’s at a place now where I think he’s going to be cleared to play.”