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Stars, Wings look to ride momentum into 2012

Tuesday, 01.03.2012 / 12:56 PM

By Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

DALLAS -- Two longtime rivals meet on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center looking to ride momentum from  impressive victories on New Year's Eve. Detroit blanked the resurgent St. Louis Blues, 3-0, to end 2011 on a very high note while Dallas, which had lost 4-1 to Columbus on Thursday, the Blue Jackets' first regulation road win of the season, rebounded nicely to hand defending Stanley Cup champion Boston a 4-2 defeat in front of a packed house in Big D.

Here are tonight's projected lineups:
       
RED WINGS
Johan Franzen - Pavel Datsyuk - Todd Bertuzzi
Valtteri Filppula - Henrik Zetterberg - Jiri Hudler
Dan Cleary - Justin Abdelkader - Drew Miller
Gustav Nyquist - Cory Emmerton - Joakim Andersson

Nicklas Lidstrom - Ian White
Niklas Kronwall - Brad Stuart
Jonathan Ericsson - Mike Commodore

Jimmy Howard
Ty Conklin

Scratches: Jakub Kindl

Injuries: Chris Conner (hand), Patrick Eaves (jaw), Darren Helm (groin), Tomas Holmstrom (groin)

Notes: White is currently third in the NHL in plus/minus, sporting a rating of plus-24. Detroit has an impressive goal differential of plus-39. The 84 goals allowed by the Red Wings is third-fewest in the league, behind only Boston (68 goals) and the New York Rangers (79 goals). Howard currently leads all NHL goaltenders with 23 wins.

STARS
Loui Eriksson - Jamie Benn - Michael Ryder
Brenden Morrow - Mike Ribeiro - Steve Ott
Eric Nystrom - Vernon Fiddler - Radek Dvorak
Toby Petersen - Tom Wandell - Adam Burish

Alex Goligoski - Adam Pardy
Nicklas Grossman - Trevor Daley
Mark Fistric - Jordie Benn

Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Richard Bachman

Scratches: Brenden Dillon, Jake Dowell

Injuries: Philip Larsen (head), Stephane Robidas (foot), Sheldon Souray (ankle), Tomas Vincour (MCL)

Notes: Defenseman Jordie Benn, older brother of Stars forward Jamie Benn, figures to make his NHL debut against the Red Wings. These clubs have already met once this season in Detroit and it was the Wings who prevailed 5-2 in the final contest of a four-game road swing. Tonight's game is the final contest in a three-game homestand. Dallas is 1-1-0 in their first two at home.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild