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Stars aim to bounce back against Wings

by Brian Compton
RED WINGS (29-15-1) at STARS (24-19-1)


Last 10: Detroit 7-3-0; Dallas 4-6-0.

Season Series: This is the third of four meetings between the clubs. Detroit is seeking its third straight win against the Stars following a 5-4 win at Dallas on Jan. 3.

Big Story: Detroit made history Monday night as it won its 15th straight game on home ice. Jimmy Howard recorded his fifth shutout of the season as the Red Wings cruised to a 5-0 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at Joe Louis Arena. The Wings are now 18-2-1 in Motown this season.

"It's something special," said Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom, who scored a goal for the first time in nine games and finished with a plus-3 rating Monday night. "The last time it was done was back in the mid-'60s -- 1965 -- I believe. It's a special record, especially with all the great teams that we've had here over the years, over the last two decades going back to the '90s when we had some great teams and the early 2000s, too. We had some solid teams. It's a special moment to do this in the middle of the season."

Team Scope:

Red Wings: Howard -- arguably the most underrated goaltender in the League -- is on pace for a record season. He's on pace to win 53 games, which would shatter the record set by New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who won 48 in 2006-07.

With Monday's win, Howard improved to 18-2-1 on home ice with a 1.61 goals-against average and .940 save percentage. But all he could talk about after Monday's win was Tuesday's showdown against the Stars. For all the success Detroit has experienced on home ice, it has only won 11 of 24 road games this season.

"We have to start thinking about Dallas," Howard said after earning his 27th win of the season. "We haven't done as well as we want on the road."

Stars: Jaroslav Halak has been one of the League's best goaltenders over the past month. Dallas found that out the hard way Monday night.

The St. Louis Blues' goalie stopped all 22 shots he faced, leading his club to a 1-0 win against the Stars at the Scottrade Center. Halak is now 9-0-3 over his last 12 decisions.

"We worked hard against a very good club," Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said. "We got into a position to have some success. We got it into a next goal win game and it just wasn't us that got it."

Who's Hot: Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi has 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists) in his last five games. Pavel Datsyuk had 3 assists Monday night and extended his point streak to seven games. He has a goal and 10 assists over the stretch.

Injury Report: Detroit winger Patrick Eaves is out with a fractured jaw, while defenseman Mike Commodore (foot) is day-to-day. … Dallas is expected to be without Jamie Benn (appendectomy), Philip Larsen (head), Mike Ribeiro (knee) and Tomas Vincour (knee).

Stat Pack: Stars winger Loui Eriksson is one of four NHL players with at least 40 points and less than 10 penalty minutes (40 points, six penalty minutes).

Puck Drop: "When we went to the third period, we felt pretty good. They took it up another level and were able to get that one goal, which was all that was needed today." -- Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen after Monday's 1-0 loss at St. Louis

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