NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, February 21st
(All times eastern)
Dallas Stars (29-26-4) at Montreal Canadiens (24-26-10), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars will try to win their first game in
Montreal in nearly a decade, as they visit the Canadiens for tonight's
interconference clash at the Bell Centre.
The Stars last tasted victory in Montreal on Nov. 12, 2002, but Dallas has
only made two trips to the City of Saints since that 4-2 win. The last
encounter between these clubs at the Bell Centre was on Jan. 14, 2010, when
the Habs recorded a 5-3 decision.
Although Montreal has three wins in the last five matchups with Dallas, the
Stars are 7-3 with three ties in the previous 13 meetings between these clubs.
Dallas has lost five of its last six games (1-3-2) and that swoon has not
helped boost the club's playoff chances. The Stars are currently three points
out of a postseason berth in the Western Conference and seven points behind
San Jose for the Pacific Division lead.
The Stars dropped a second straight test Sunday against Nashville. Colin
Wilson scored the eventual game-winning goal for the Predators late in the
second period of the 3-2 victory.
Michael Ryder and Alex Goligoski lit the lamp for Dallas, and Kari Lehtonen
gave up three goals on 21 shots.
"We had our chances," Goligoski said. "But I think the most disappointing
thing is that we gave them most of their chances. I think one goal they really
beat us, but the others were just mental mistakes."
Dallas forward Jamie Benn has missed the last two games after sustaining a cut
to his left leg against Calgary last Thursday. Benn, who is second on the team
with 49 points this season, is expected to sit out a third straight game
tonight. Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray has missed the last six games with a
foot injury and is questionable for tonight.
The Stars have lost their last three road games and are just 13-14-2 as the
visiting club this season. Dallas will complete a brief two-game swing
Thursday evening in Chicago.
The Canadiens have lost three of their last four games and were dealt a 3-1
setback by the visiting New Jersey Devils on Sunday. Montreal native Martin
Brodeur made 21 saves and Zach Parise, David Clarkson and Matt Taormina each
lit the lamp for the Devils.
Max Pacioretty tallied the lone goal for Montreal, bringing his career-high
goal total to 25. Carey Price stopped 22-of-25 shots in the loss.
"We can't let any shifts slide, but we did tonight and that was definitely the
difference," Pacioretty said. "Maybe it's just nerves that our season could be
over before the playoffs, but it's no excuse at all. In fact, it should give
us more motivation to go out there and play 60 minutes hard as a team."
Montreal enters tonight trailing the last playoff spot in the East by six
The Canadiens have lost their last three home games and are just 11-13-8 as
the host this season. After tonight's game, Montreal will head out on a three-
game road trip.
02/21 10:50:57 ET