Word from morning skate is that Mark Fistric will be the healthy scratch tonight and Matt Niskanen will be reinserted. Jeff Woywitka simply cannot play his way out of this lineup right now, he's been so solid back there.
Kari Lehtonen will be in net, as expected.
According to Stars PR: "With their win on Sunday night against Detroit, the Dallas Stars have reached the 20-win mark at the fastest pace since the 2007-08 season (won 20th game on Dec. 21, 2008 vs. CGY). Last season, the Stars did not win their 20th game until Jan. 16 (3-2 SOW vs. DET). They did not win their 20th game in the 2008-09 season until Jan. 21, 2009 vs. Florida."
The Christmas malaise is now setting in around the media, and the Stars still have games to play this week. To say it's not affecting us here would be a lie, but we promise to keep soldiering on through the holidays. Today, however, I am lazy so here is some reading:
- Actually, first a note. My beloved section 314 (come say hi) has been turned, along with section 313, into an "All you can eat" zone. I suspect my father and I will be surrounded once again tonight by hot dog gobbling, nacho-destroying, coke-guzzling folks with orange arm bands. And the smell. Eau de wiener, I call it, will be present. I am not sure yet that this is a good thing. I thought families would pounce on it, and in that way it would make sense. That's not what we've observed so far. I'm glad the seats are getting filled, but these people are generally much more interested in making sure they take advantage of the situation than the hockey game.
- Puck Daddy reports what we already knew...if you're losing after two periods, you are screwed in this league. [Puck Daddy] What the Stars did on Sunday was an extreme rarity.
- Good piece at Dallas Stars.com about their warrior captain, Brenden Morrow and his struggle through his injury right now. [Dallasstars.com]
- Note in the Montreal Gazette about how the teams the Canadiens are playing on this road trip are struggling with attendance, including the Stars who rank 26th in the league. Ouch. [Montreal Gazette]
- Jack Campbell leads team USA at the WJC as one of three favorites. Canada. Sweden. USA. [The Hockey Writers]
- The Texas Stars are climbing their standings too with a win over the OKC Barons last night. [Hundred Degree Hockey]
- Good Crawford quotes from ESPN Dallas. He's preaching teamwork. Everyday for eachother, that kind of stuff. [ESPN Dallas]
- This site calls the Stars lead in the Pacific "as tenuous as Lindsay Lohan's sobriety." I thought she was dead, honestly.[SBRForum]