If you like Dallas Stars hockey games, you're in for possibly the most satisfying eight days of your life.
Today's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning kicks off a stretch of CBA-defying six games in nine days for the Stars and marks the start of the explicitly not-allowed four-in-five stretch that was made necessary by the rescheduling of the game against the Blue Jackets.
The Stars play today, tomorrow, Tuesday, Wednedsay, Friday and Sunday as they make their last push for the eighth and final playoff spot. They can take ahold of that spot again with a win or overtime or shootout loss today in Tampa.
For the Stars, Kari Lehtonen will be the starter and it looks like Erik Cole could make his way back into the lineup after a several-game absence battling and upper-body injury. He is officially a game-time decision but took line rushes with the fourth line in morning skate. If he cannot go, Chris Mueller will jump into the lineup in his place.
Ray Whitney is out with a muscle strain.
On the Tampa side of things, Ben Bishop will be in net with his giant frame and great numbers. The Stars struggled to solve him earlier this season, and they'll need a better effort tonight if they want to take advantage of the opening in the playoff race.