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Dallas Stars Host ‘Hockey Fights Cancer’ Night With Winnipeg Jets In Town

It’s a big night both on and off the ice for the Stars tonight.

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According to the American Cancer Society, there will be nearly 1.7 million new cancer cases diagnosed and approximately 601,000 deaths from cancer this year. It’s a disease that doesn’t discriminate based on gender, or age, or ethnicity, or socioeconomic standing.

Tonight, the Dallas Stars will drop the puck at 7:30 PM CST for their “Hockey Fights Cancer” night. It’s a night where the team partners with local organizations to raise money to support those impacted by cancer.

It’ll be an especially heavy night for the Stars organization, as Dave Strader’s passing from a rare form of cancer earlier this fall still weighs on the heart.

Strader’s son, Trevor, will sing the national anthem in Dallas tonight. The game will include a number of highlights of cancer and nonprofit organizations. Jamie Benn and company will where lavender jerseys and have their sticks taped in lavender tape during warmups. These will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to the Dallas Stars Foundation and their partners.

It’s all to support the off-ice fight to find a cure for this terrible disease.

On the ice, they’ll look to beat the Winnipeg Jets after they were unable to gain any points against them on their recent road trip. The Jets look good; with hot goaltending for a change, they’re finally getting the results many people felt they should have been getting with a strong lineup.

Dallas will match-up with them with a slightly dinged up roster, losing Radek Faksa and Tyler Pitlick in Saturday’s game versus the Buffalo Sabres. With Brett Ritchie put on IR yesterday, the Stars all of a sudden find themselves needing to tap some depth to make it through tonight’s game.

It’s a situation in which head coach Ken Hitchcock said it’s possible Dallas will roll 11 forwards and 7 defensemen tonight. Or, he could get even crazier, and decide to play Jamie Oleksiak as a forward. (It’s not wholly unheard of in the NHL to play a blueliner as a forward, but not something you see everyday either.)

We’ll let you know what lines look like after morning skate to see what strategy Hitchcock wants to employ. Whichever it ends up being, the Dallas Stars are in for a battle of their own tonight versus the Jets.