Stars-Red Wings Preview
The Detroit Red Wings have posted two shutouts during a
three-game win streak as they get ready to face a team they have
struggled against in recent seasons.
The Red Wings look to extend their streak Saturday night as they
host the Dallas Stars, who will try to get back on track after
their four-game run ended.
Detroit (8-5-1) totaled six goals during a six-game slide Oct.
22-Nov. 3 before outscoring foes 13-2 during its current winning
streak. Jimmy Howard posted his second shutout of the stretch with
24 saves Friday in a 3-0 victory over Edmonton.
“Jimmy has been playing great all year,” defenseman Niklas
Kronwall said. “Even when we were slumping, he was playing great
and giving us a chance to win those games.”
Howard has a 1.63 goals-against average this season. He’s made
seven straight starts, and is 2-4-1 with a 2.42 GAA in seven career
starts against Dallas.
Dallas (11-4-0) has won three of four against Detroit in each of
the last three seasons, and appears to be much improved in 2011-12,
with one of the Western Conference’s top records. The Stars,
though, fell 3-1 at Pittsburgh on Friday to see their winning
streak end at four.
Coach Glen Gulutzan’s club could be short-handed on defense
versus Detroit. Alex Goligoski did not see action the final two
periods against the Penguins due to a thumb that was heavily
Goligoski is scheduled to have X-rays taken on the thumb, and
Gulutzan said he will be out for some time.
The Stars played with only four defensemen for the final seven
minutes of the second period, as Mark Fistric went to the locker
room after taking a puck to the face. Fistric returned for the
“I don’t think we got off to the best start, and when you play
four (defensemen) it’s tough,” Gulutzan said. “But I think,
all-in-all, we were outplayed from the start of the game.”
Dallas totaled 20 goals during its win streak, but managed only
Eric Nystrom’s first-period tally Friday.
The Stars’ defense figures to be tested against Johan Franzen,
whose nine goals and six assists have all come during Detroit’s
last seven victories. Franzen, who had an assist Friday, did not
register a point during the Red Wings’ six-game losing streak.
Detroit went 0 for 6 on the power play Friday after going 4 for
12 over its previous three games.
“We’re getting closer to playing the way we want to play,”
Kronwall said. “We’re still not taking advantage of power plays. We
had a chance to break the game open earlier than we did.”
Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen has made seven straight starts, and
he’s 11-2-0 with a 2.20 GAA on the season. He’s 3-3-0 with a 3.18
lifetime GAA against Detroit, while backup Andrew Raycroft is 5-2-0
with a 2.63 GAA in seven career starts versus the Red Wings.
Detroit right wing Todd Bertuzzi will miss his fourth straight
game with a sinus infection.