Stars-Red Wings Preview
After a nearly perfect road trip, the Detroit Red Wings will try to start earning some better results at home.
Detroit will seek to avoid its first four-game losing streak at Joe Louis Arena in four seasons Thursday night against the Dallas Stars.
The Red Wings (9-5-2) had a chance to sweep their set of four road games in six days but fell 4-2 to Winnipeg on Monday. Detroit was mired in an 0-2-2 skid before that trip.
"After a loss, we're going to be down, but looking back, it's been a good road trip," forward Henrik Zetterberg said. "We did a lot of good things. We have a lot to build on.
"We just have to come home and play well in front of our home fans."
The Red Wings haven't done that lately, totaling three goals in their last three home games and losing them all. Detroit, which hasn't had a four-game skid at Joe Louis since Nov. 18-27, 2009, has scored more than two goals only once in seven home games this season.
Coach Mike Babcock's club failed to surpass that total again Monday, when it was outshot 47-28. Zetterberg and Danny DeKeyser gave Detroit a 2-1 lead midway through the second period, but the Jets scored three unanswered goals in the final 23 minutes.
"We didn't look like we had much energy, didn't skate well, didn't execute well," Babcock said.
After facing seven more shots than in any other game this season, Jimmy Howard could be in net again as Detroit opens a four-game homestand against a Stars team seeking to finish unbeaten on a three-game trip.
Dallas (7-6-2) earned its second straight shootout victory Tuesday, 3-2 over Boston. Vernon Fiddler got the tying goal on a penalty shot with 2:34 left in the third period, and former Bruins Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley scored in the shootout.
"It was a great identity win for us," Seguin said. "They're one of the best third-period teams in the league and they've been for a while. We found a way."
The Stars have lost six of seven to the Red Wings but did win 2-1 in Detroit on Jan. 22, though they dropped the final two final two matchups last season by a combined 7-1 margin.
Howard was in net for all three meetings and faced just 17 shots in a 3-0 win at Dallas on April 27 in the most recent one. Zetterberg had two goals and an assist in that victory and has 11 points in his last six games against the Stars.
While Seguin has registered 11 of his team-best 15 points on the road, Stars second-leading scorer Jamie Benn has posted nine of his 14 away from home but has no goals and four assists in seven trips to Joe Louis. Benn has been held without a point in his last three matchups with Detroit.
The Red Wings were hoping to get Johan Franzen back from an illness Thursday, but his status is unknown after he left practice Wednesday. Franzen missed three of the four games on the trip.