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Red Wings return home to host Stars

by Brian Compton

STARS (2-3-1) at RED WINGS (2-2-1)


Season series: This is the second of three meetings between the teams. The Stars earned a 2-1 victory against the Red Wings on Jan. 22 at Joe Louis Arena.

Big story: Detroit is trying to survive without former captain Nicklas Lidstrom, who retired after last season. The Wings’ power play has struggled mightily in Lidstrom’s absence, with just two goals in 26 opportunities.

Team scope:

Stars: Dallas enters Tuesday’s action in the midst of a three-game winless streak (0-2-1). The woes continued for the Stars on Monday in a 2-1 loss at Columbus. Philip Larsen scored the lone goal for Dallas, which saw Jamie Benn return to the lineup after the talented forward signed a five-year deal last week. Benn skated alongside Loui Eriksson and Jaromir Jagr.

“We just tried to keep it simple, maybe a little too many turnovers tonight,” Benn told Mark Stepneski of “We just need to get pucks deep. We’ve got some big forwards on our line, so we’ve got to take advantage of that down low and play to our strength.”

Red Wings: Despite a solid effort, Detroit was unable to notch what would have been a second straight win as Corey Crawford shined in a 2-1 overtime loss at Chicago on Sunday night. Johan Franzen scored the only goal for the Red Wings, as Crawford denied the other 29 shots Detroit recorded.

I think we're looking for the perfect shot," said Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall. "Sometimes a [wrist shot] in there creates some momentum and creates some chances or chaos in front of their net. We have to get back to the basics a little bit instead of passing the puck around too much. We had a few pretty good looks. We just couldn't get the job done."

Who’s hot: Veteran forward Ray Whitney has five points (two goals, three assists) in six games for the Stars. … Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk leads the club with six points (two goals, four assists) in five games.

Injury report: Dallas placed forward Derek Roy (groin) on injured reserve Monday. … Darren Helm (back) and forwards Mikael Samuelsson (groin) and Valtteri Filppula (knee) did not participate in Monday’s practice. According to the Wings’ website, Helm went for an MRI on his back, and tests showed no structural damage, but he will not play against the Stars. Defensemen Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder) and Ian White (quadriceps) are expected to begin skating in the next day or two. White could miss one more week, while Colaiacovo will likely be out another two weeks. Backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin) practiced Monday. He believes he could be back by the weekend.

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