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.
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.
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