Winning on the road in the National Hockey League is a tall task for any team walking into an opposing building. Winning consecutive games on the road can breed confidence, winning three can breed belief, and winning four can establish an expectation. On this road trip, the Stars have accomplished steps one through three in tough buildings against quality, championship opponents.
Tonight in Boston will provide yet another challenge for the Stars on this marathon six game trip.
The Stars enter play tonight with an 8-5-0 record, and have dug themselves out of their early 0-3-0 record on the road. Wins against the Montreal Canadians, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Washington Capitals have the Stars at 3-1 on the trip and 3-3-0 on the road for the season. To say they are playing with house money is accurate, but to say they can lose this pair of back to back games against Boston and Columbus and feel good about the trip, would be a lie.
On the other bench will be the Boston Bruins, who are notoriously hard to play against at TD Garden. The atmosphere is one of the most intense in hockey, and the Bruins implement their game plan to perfection on most nights. Led by all-world antagonist Brad Marchand and all-world sniper David Pastrnak, the Bruins enter with a 7-4-2 record and the third spot in the Atlantic Division. The Bruins are fast, disciplined, and stingy when on home ice, posting a 4-1-0 record at the Garden.
As such, a game in Boston without mentioning Tyler Seguin should be considered a federal offense at this point, especially considering that Seguin has torched the Bruins in Boston over the past few seasons. Last season’s meeting culminated in a Stars win courtesy of a Seguin OT winner, and a hat trick during the 2015-16 campaign led the Stars to a win in Boston. Seguin is currently riding a ten-game goal drought, but it would be very appropriate for the Stars center to break the drought in Boston.
Dallas Stars Lineup:
Alexander Radulov will miss his third consecutive game, as he is back in Dallas waiting for the boys to come home. Brett Ritchie and Marc Methot are also expected to miss this tilt, meaning Justin Dowling and Dillon Heatherington will draw in tonight. Ben Bishop will not play tonight.
Devin Shore- Tyler Seguin- Mattias Janmark
Jamie Benn- Jason Spezza- Valeri Nichushkin
Blake Comeau- Radek Faksa- Tyler Pitlick
Gemel Smith- Jason Dickinson- Justin Dowling
Esa Lindell- John Klingberg
Miro Heiskanen- Roman Polak
Dillon Heatherington- Julius Honka
Boston Bruins Lineup
Brad Marchand- Patrice Bergeron- David Pastrnak
Joakim Nordstrom- David Krejci- Jake Debrusk
Danton Heinen- David Backes- Anders Bjork
Chris Wagner- Sean Kuraly- Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara- Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug- John Moore
Jeremy Lauzon- Steven Kamper
Puck drop will be at 6:00 pm Texas time and Fox Sports Southwest will have the broadcast with Josh and Razor.