GAME: Vancouver Canucks (17-7-5-2) at Dallas Stars (12-15-4-0).
TIME: Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. EST.
Dallas Stars coach Dave Tippett is getting tired of waiting for his team to
find its offense.
"We need scoring," a frustrated Tippett said. "We can say, "Oh let's
just hang in there, it will come.' But you know what? Confidence is earned.
Someone's got to take responsibility and bury one of those chances."
The Stars will try to break out of their worst offensive funk of the season
when they host the streaking Vancouver Canucks.
Dallas has won just one of its last seven games (1-5-1), managing just five
goals during that stretch.
On Sunday, defenseman Sergei Zubov accounted for all of Dallas' offense with
a short-handed goal in the second period as the Stars settled for a 1-1 tie
with the hapless Chicago Blackhawks.
Dallas had a pair of golden opportunities to take the lead late, but Bill
Guerin missed on a short-handed, 2-on-1 break and Jason Arnott hit the crossbar
on a point-blank shot.
The Stars are averaging just 2.03 goals per contest -- fourth-worst in the
NHL. Dallas is also just 2-for-36 on the power play over the last seven games.
"It's not good enough right now," Guerin said. "If we have six power
plays, we should score twice. The power play is something that you have
guidelines for and then talent and creativity has to take over."
The Canucks extended their unbeaten streak to five (3-0-2) with Tuesday's
2-1 overtime win in Nashville. Brendan Morrison scored 1:19 into the extra
session and Dan Cloutier, back in net for the first time since injuring his
groin on Dec. 9, made 29 saves for Vancouver.