The Dallas Stars will face the Phoenix Coyotes tonight in a road game that should be winnable for our struggling team. At this point however, nothing is certain when it comes to the Stars. Some of you have expressed a clear desire for the Stars to ride Tobias Stephan to the finish line and while that might not happen, Mike Heika reports there is a good chance Stephan will be in net tonight for the Stars.
Turco has looked tired and worn down the past few weeks, which is to be expected from the player leading the NHL in minutes played. Perhaps the Stars were too hesitant to rest him and let Stephan step in, but it could also be argued that Stephan didn't exactly force his way onto the ice. Tonight he gets another chance.
This will also be a very interesting game from a roster standpoint. The Stars are going to be without four starting defensemen for this two-game road trip so we should expect a defensive lineup something like this:
Sydor | Niskanen
Hutchinson | Jancevski
Grossman | Stafford
I couldn't find a scouting report on Stafford, who has played the last four season with the Grand Rapids Griffins. This season he has 11 goals and 31 assists in 67 games and according to local reports is the top defenseman on the team.
This is going to be an very interesting test for the Stars, and especially Marty Turco who has yet show he has the ability this season to bail out struggling defensemen on a consistent basis.
Speaking of Turco, Mike Heika gives his ranking of NHL goaltenders whom he would take for a one year run at the Stanley Cup. He has Turco ranked 14th.
The DMN has a story up about the team digging down and fighting all the way to the finish and trying to put players in the lineup that gives them the best chance at winning.
Right now, that probably isn't Marty Turco. He has played a league high 4,143 minutes and has looked bad in three of his last four outings. During the team's current 0-5-1 stretch, he has a 3.20 GAA and .887 save percentage.
Brenden Morrow was honored this weekend for his charity work and contributions to the military. All season, Morrow provided four season tickets to lower level seats to the Operation Once in a Lifetime organization.
Also, it doesn't appear at this point that Steve Ott will be suspended for his hit Gregory Campbell on Saturday, and after taking some second looks at the play in HD I think that's the right decision. While it was a bit late, it wasn't malicious and he didn't hit Campbell up high; it was just a really hard hit.