NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, February 20th (All times eastern)
Dallas Stars (35-21-2) at Minnesota Wild (32-23-5), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Wild will try to stop their longest current losing streak against any team in the league when they host the Dallas Stars this evening at Xcel Energy Center for the final time this season.
Minnesota has dropped its last six games (0-3-3) against the Stars, including all three matchups this year. Two of those setbacks have come in a shootout. The Wild's last win over the Stars was at home on December 19, 2005.
On Sunday, David Backes' pair of scores lifted the Blues to a 5-3 win over the Wild at Scottrade Center. Marian Gaborik scored and picked up one assist for Minnesota, which has lost two of three. Adam Hall and Pavol Demitra also tallied.
Gaborik and Demitra have been red-hot as of late. Demitra is currently riding a nine-game point streak (seven goals, eight assists), which is one off his career-best 10-game point burst, set in 2001.
Gaborik, meanwhile, has scored a goal in four straight contests and has totaled five tallies and four assists over his last four games.
Niklas Backstrom picked up the loss on Sunday, stopping 21 shots before leaving the game after two periods. Josh Harding was a perfect four-of-four in 18 minutes of third-period relief.
The Wild are a stellar 20-5-4 at home this year, but will hit the road on Thursday to battle Colorado. The club is three points behind Vancouver for the lead in the Northwest Division.
Dallas was also last in action on Sunday, but unlike the Wild, came out winners. Mike Ribeiro and Jere Lehtinen both scored a pair of goals to help the Stars defeat the San Jose Sharks, 5-2.
Stu Barnes scored for the Stars, who have won six of their last eight games and trail Anaheim by seven points for the top spot in the Pacific Division. Marty Turco blocked 17 shots in the win.
The Stars were without center Eric Lindros, who missed his third straight game on Sunday because of a lower body injury. He is questionable for tonight's contest.
Dallas is still without center Steve Ott (ankle surgery), left wing Brenden Morrow (right wrist surgery) and right wing Matthew Barnaby (concussion).
The Stars are 16-12-1 as the visitor this season and return home for a big game against the Ducks on Friday.
02/20 10:42:40 ET