NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, January 3rd
(All times eastern)
Dallas Stars (25-15-0) at Vancouver Canucks (21-18-1), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The surging Vancouver Canucks will try to extend their
longest win streak of the season tonight, when the red-hot club opens up a
four-game homestand by entertaining the Dallas Stars.
Vancouver registered its fourth consecutive victory last night, edging
Northwest Division rival Calgary by a 3-2 count at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo stopped 27 shots, including all 13 he faced
in the third period, to preserve an early lead, while Brendan Morrison notched
a goal and an assist in the win.
Alexandre Burrows and Trevor Linden also had goals for Vancouver, which
currently sits one point behind first-place Minnesota in the Northwest
The Canucks will be aiming for their first five-game win streak since they
reeled off six straight victories from October 14-25, 2005. Vancouver also
brings a five-game win streak at General Motors Place into tonight's tilt and
is 12-7-0 on home ice this season.
Dallas starts up a three-game road trip through Western Canada this evening
and looks to rebound from Sunday's 4-2 home loss to San Jose.
Sergei Zubov and Niklas Hagman notched the goals for Dallas, which had won
four of its last five games coming into the night. Usually-reliable netminder
Marty Turco surrendered three goals on 10 shots in the first period before
being replaced by Mike Smith, who made 18 saves the rest of the way.
The Stars played without two of their top scorers in captain Brenden Morrow,
who recently underwent surgery to repair a severed tendon in his wrist, and
veteran center Mike Modano, who still remains sidelined with a hip flexor.
Neither is expected to return to the lineup tonight.
Center Eric Lindros also missed his fourth straight game with an upper body
injury, but could be back in uniform for this evening's encounter.
Vancouver stopped a four-game losing streak to the Stars with a 2-1 triumph at
GM Place on November 6. Dallas has still taken 11 of the last 15 meetings
between the clubs, although it has dropped three of its last four in
Turco owns a 12-2-0 record with a sparkling 1.69 goals-against average in 15
lifetime games (13 starts) against the Canucks.
01/03 10:27:36 ET