Dallas Stars vs Detroit Red Wings
Saturday, Dec. 10: 1:00 PM CT: Dallas, Texas
How to Watch: Bally Sports Southwest, NHL Network
The Dallas Stars look to pick up a win in their final game of a five-game homestand as they take on the Detroit Red Wings in a Saturday afternoon contest at the AAC.
Dallas holds a 2-1-1 record on the homestand, with wins over the Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators and losses to the Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Following this one, the Stars will embark on a five-game trip, their longest of the season so far.
In the five games, we have seen Jason Robertson’s point streak end, hat tricks from both Robertson and Roope Hintz, a huge multi-goal comeback, their second home shutout, their first shutout defeat, and a team that never gives up. It’s been fun to watch.
One area that Dallas has struggled is in the second period. This season, the Stars have outscored opponents heavily in the first (30-17) and third periods (39-24). Yet in the second, they have been outscored 33-32.
“The teams that are good in second periods are O-zone possession teams,” Stars Head Coach Pete DeBoer said at practice Friday. “They get you pinned in, they out change you, and that's one area that we’re still average or below average. Until we get that fixed, it’s going to be hard to be a really good second-period team.”
“Long change, make smarter puck placement,” Nils Lundkvist said about the keys to a good second period. “Getting on and off and set up the next five going in for good shifts, out change the other team. You try to be smart, you don’t want to be out there too long.”
Starting goaltender: With no morning skate due to the 1 pm start, Pete DeBoer did not confirm who will start in goal. Jake Oettinger has started the last four games for Dallas.
300 for Miro: Miro Heiskanen will skate in his 300th NHL game against Detroit Saturday. Heiskanen has recorded 38 goals and 152 points in 299 career games.
Stars Projected Lines
- Jason Robertson – Roope Hintz – Joe Pavelski
- Mason Marchment – Radek Faksa – Tyler Seguin
- Jamie Benn – Wyatt Johnston – Ty Dellandrea
- Joel Kiviranta – Luke Glendening – Denis Gurianov
- Miro Heiskanen – Nils Lundkvist
- Ryan Suter – Colin Miller
- Esa Lindell – Jani Hakanpaa
- Jake Oettinger
- Scott Wedgewood
Wings Scouting Report
The Red Wings have surprised people this season.
They sit fourth in the Atlantic Division and only two points behind the New York Rangers for the final playoff spot in the East. They also come in riding a 6-3-1 hot streak, despite falling 5-1 to the Florida Panthers in their last game.
Captain Dylan Larkin leads the Wings with 26 points (9G, 17A) while Dominik Kubalik paces the club with 10 goals.
In net, Ville Husso has provided some stability with an 11-4-3 record and .916 save percentage. Alex Nedeljkovic has really struggled, going 2-4-2 and holding a 4.09 goals-against average and .880 save percentage.