|Nicklas Backstrom has been great so far this year.|
Dallas bench boss Glen Gulutzan is likely to go with his starter, Kari Lehtonen, in goal for the fifth consecutive game. Lehtonen made 30 saves in that 5-2 win over the Hurricanes during his last outing and has been excellent all year, posting a 10-1-0 record to go along with a 2.14 GAA and .936 save percentage. The Stars are likely to be without enforcer and also good hockey player Steve Ott for tonight's game, as he has a hip injury that has forced him to miss Dallas' last two contests. Other than that, the Stars are fully healthy and wield a dangerous offensive lineup.
Michal Neuvirth seems the favorite to start tonight's contest following Tomas Vokoun's awful game against the Islanders on Saturday. Neuvirth played well on Friday of last week during his first game in almost a month, stopping 24 of the 25 shots he saw in a 5-1 drubbing of Carolina. On the year, the sophomore Czech goaltender is 2-1-0 with a 2.96 GAA and .902 save percentage. Mike Green is not going to play with his right ankle injury; the defenseman has missed the last five games and John Erskine will remain in the lineup in his stead. Mathieu Perreault will be the healthy scratch after playing (rather poorly) in Saturday on Long Island.
Puck drops 7:08-ish. Check back later.