Dallas Stars (28-23-2, 58 points) @ Buffalo Sabres (23-24-6, 52 pts)
6:30 PM CT, February 10, 2012
First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York
Oh no! It's another back-end of a back-to-back game for the Dallas Stars. Everyone can go ahead mark that L onto their pocket schedules as Dallas surely can't win one of these right? Dallas gets try number 10 tonight, this time against those oh so wonderful Stanley Cup losing Buffalo Sabres.
Dallas needs to shore up the defense and stop (please stop) the lazy turnovers that are killing this team. Kari Lehtonen and Richard Bachman have enough to worry about. They don't need to think about whether or not their teammates understand that giving the puck away is bad. It's those two things that have led to all these losses for Dallas on the back-to-backs, especially the defense.
Nick Grossman needs to realize that you can't stop a shooter by standing behind him as he rushes the net. Since the turn of the calendar to 2012, he's become a human turnstile.
Shore up the defense, wake up Loui Eriksson (pointless in five games) and get some points from the top line against a struggling defensive team and Dallas might finally win one of these games. With the LA Kings game coming up on Sunday, this one is critical.
Brenden Morrow is out again with his neck problems. Sheldon Souray is questionable after getting a foot injury from blocking a shot yesterday. Give me some Mark Fistric in his place and not Adam Pardy please.
Richard Bachman should be getting the start tonight. He was let down by his defense last time he started the latter of a B2B so hopefully they show up tonight.
EDIT: Curveball ahead. Gulutzan decided that to change his mind from last night and start Lehtonen instead.
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