NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, April 9th
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (22-13-4) at Dallas Stars (18-17-3), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars aren't letting the trades of some of their
top players prevent them from still making a run at a playoff spot.
The Stars take aim at a third straight victory on Tuesday evening when they
play host to the Los Angeles Kings.
Dallas had lost three straight and four of five prior to consecutive road wins
at Anaheim and San Jose. The Stars have strung those wins together despite
trading both forwards Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy last Tuesday a little over a
week after dealing away former captain Brenden Morrow.
The Stars snapped the San Jose Sharks' winning streak at seven games with
Sunday's 5-4 shootout victory. Dallas twice rallied from two-goal deficits in
the game before Jaime Benn had the lone goal of the tiebreaker.
Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves and rookie Alex Chiasson scored twice in his third
NHL game. His second tally started Dallas' second comeback in the game, one
that Loui Eriksson completed to force overtime with a goal at the 9:14 mark of
With 39 points, Dallas is four back of the eighth-place Detroit Red Wings in
the Western Conference standings with 10 games to play.
"The only thing that matters is what we believe in this dressing room," Benn
said. "It's not going to be pretty some nights. But the effort is going to be
there and the heart and character will be there also. I think you saw part of
The Kings appear to be in good shape at getting a chance to defend their
Stanley Cup title. Los Angeles is fourth overall in the West with 48 points,
one ahead of the Sharks, who visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.
Los Angeles is 5-1-2 in its last eight but did have a two-game winning streak
snapped with Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Pacific Division-leading
Anaheim Ducks. The Kings never led in the game, but did battle back from a
goal down three different times. Dustin Brown's with 3:40 left in the third
period forced overtime.
After scoring in regulation, Jeff Carter had a shootout goal for the Kings,
but Mike Richards did not score on his attempt and Jonathan Bernier was beaten
three times by three skaters after making 19 saves through overtime.
"We showed character," said Kings forward Anze Kopitar. "We battled back three
times. We picked it up right after their first goal, but a shootout can go
either way and tonight it went their way."
Drew Doughty scored and Brown added an assist for the Kings. Justin Williams
had an assist to push his point streak to seven straight games (6 goals, 2
assists), while Carter has a goal in five of his past six games and seven
points over his last seven games. He leads the Western Conference with 23
While the Stars have won five of their past seven versus the Kings overall,
Los Angeles has claimed victory in 11 of its past 14 trips to Dallas. That
includes a 3-2 road victory on March 31.
04/09 11:09:15 ET