STARS (1-0-2) at CANUCKS (1-3-0)
Season Series: First of four meetings this season. Each team won twice last season, but
Big Story: Looking to bounce back from a rare non-playoff season,
Stars: This is the conclusion of a three-game road trip through western
"I thought he managed the game pretty well tonight," coach Marc Crawford said. "I was pleased with his positioning. His puck-handling was pretty good too, and you can see Marty's influence. It's great to see Alex add some of that dimension to his game."
Canucks: Nothing less than two points was needed against
"It's nice to get the win finally after four games," Luongo said after stopping 27 shots to beat the Canadiens. "We spoke about relaxing before the game and just going out there and just having fun, playing our game, and not worry about our record right now."
Who's Hot: James Neal has three goals in three games for the Stars, while Stephane Robidas has contributed big-time from the blue line with a goal and three points, while averaging 23:29 of ice time on a team-leading 31 shifts per game.
Henrik Sedin has gotten off to a fast start for the Canucks, with three goals and three assists. He's also won 63.5 percent of his faceoffs.
Stat Pack: The power play was a big key to
Puck Drop: It's a homecoming of sorts for Auld, though he's not likely to see action unless something happens with Turco. He began his NHL career by playing parts of four seasons in
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