GAME: Dallas Stars (13-16-4-0) at Tampa Bay Lightning (14-10-4-1).
TIME: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
Looking for their first road victory in nearly a month, the Dallas Stars
visit the Tampa Bay Lightning for the only meeting between the teams this
Dallas hasn't won on the road since a 3-1 victory at Minnesota on Nov. 26,
and is 0-5-1 in its last six away from the American Airlines Center. The Stars
fell to 3-12-2 on the road this season following Friday's 1-0 loss at Florida.
The 12 road losses match the team's total for all of last season.
The Stars, who have scored just three goals during a six-game road winless
streak, were shut out for the third time in eight games. Overall, they have
scored more than one goal only once in their last nine games.
As a team, the Stars have combined for 58 points on the road, compared to
130 at home, where they are 10-4-2.
"That's the difference between our game on the road and at home," said
Stars coach Dave Tippett, whose team had its three-game unbeaten streak snapped
Friday. "We score at home. That pretty much sums it up."
Bill Guerin, the team's leading scorer, has just two goals in his last eight
"We've been running into a lot of hot goalies, but at the same time we're
not scoring goals," Stars center Pierre Turgeon said. "We've just got to find
The Stars have always found a way at Tampa Bay, going 9-1-2 there all-time.
In 23 overall meetings with the Lightning, Dallas is 16-4-3-0.
Tampa Bay snapped a four-game losing streak with Thursday's 5-4 overtime
victory at Philadelphia.
The Lightning had managed just six goals during the four-game slide, but got
goals from Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, Cory Stillman and Martin St.
Louis, who scored the tying tally late in the third period and added the winner
2:03 into overtime.
"We've been having a lot of meetings (about our offense)," said Tampa
Bay's Andre Roy, whose team outshot the Flyers 41-28. "We all knew that guys
were kind of struggling. Basically we wanted to shoot pucks from everywhere and
drive the net. Guys shot from everywhere and we got some good rebounds and
shots and some good results."