DETROIT -- The Dallas Stars have already lost once to the Detroit Red Wings during a record-tying 20-game win streak at Joe Louis Arena for the home team.
It happened on Nov. 12, when the Stars fell 5-2 to become the fourth team in a row to lose in this building since the Wings last lost here on Nov. 3 to Calgary. Heading into a rematch on Tuesday night, the Stars don't want to become the fifth team during the streak to lose multiple games at "The Joe."
"You don't want to be in the history books as the team that gave them the record at home," Stars forward Adam Burish said after Dallas' morning skate on Tuesday. "There's always motivation at this point of the season to win games and get a playoff spot, but there's a little extra tonight just to not be that team that will be all over TV losing that game to Detroit."
Teammate Steve Ott agreed.
"The love is in the air … it's Valentine's Day," Ott said. "They have a chance to do something very special over there, and we have a chance to knock them off. For us, it probably amps up the game a little more. In an 82-game regular season, it's more of a playoff-type format. You definitely don't want to be in the record books for the wrong reason, being the team associated with the streak they've had. Hopefully, we can be spoilers and put this [to] an end."
However, the Stars should be careful to guard against Detroit's impressive streak creeping too far into their heads in a negative way -- which could've happened to several teams here during the streak, especially of late.
Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said it's a trick balancing act when it comes to addressing the streak itself.
"It's probably gotten into a few teams' heads coming in here over the last week or so," he said. "The focus has to be on your own game, and that's what we tried to do this morning -- focus on what we need to do to make us successful in this game."
That includes everything from warm-ups before the game to the pre-game speech before they take the ice.
"You just have to try to keep the players focused on themselves, not the opposition," Gulutzan said.
Or as Ott put it: "Your own marbles sometimes get the best of you."
"You come in here and you look up in the rafters and you see the heritage, the presence that the organization has," Ott said. "For us, we have to take away the nostalgia and play them the same way we'd play anybody else. Hopefully, we can take that kind of attitude and get those cobwebs out of thinking how good they are at home out of our heads."