Notes: The Wild beat the Panthers 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday night in South Florida. Minnesota has just three wins in their last 10 games but has won two in a row. These teams last met in Dallas on Feb. 4 and it was the Stars who came away with a 2-1 win in a shootout. Minnesota had taken the first meeting of the year, on Jan. 24 in the Twin Cities, by a 5-2 margin. Heatley had 2 assists against Florida and now has 14 points over his last 13 games. Coach Mike Yeo might go with the rookie Hackett in goal tonight. He is 2-0-0 thus far with one shutout and a goals-against-average of 0.85.
Notes: The Stars head into tonight’s game riding a two-game winning streak after road wins at Montreal on Tuesday (3-0) and Chicago on Thursday (3-1). Dallas is 0-9-2 this season in the second game of a back-to-back. GM Joe Nieuwendyk said during a Thursday interview with a local sports radio station that 2012 All-Star Jamie Benn is doubtful for tonight's game. Benn didn't skate prior to Thursday's game in Chicago, and due to tonight's game being a back-to-back, there was no skate on Friday morning. Tonight's game begins a three-game homestand for the Stars and concludes a stretch where Dallas played in a different building each night for 11 straight games. Ribeiro, who had 2 assists in Thursday's win over the Blackhawks, is currently on a five-game point streak.
This team has been a real treat to say you've been the head coach of them. I'm extremely proud of this group ... after the disappointment of (the Game 6 loss) is digested, it's always a lot easier as a coach when your team has emptied its tank, and that team emptied its tank for me for three months.
— Senators coach Dave Cameron after getting eliminated in the first round by the Canadiens