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Preview: Stars look to nail down first win of season vs. Red Wings

Coach Ken Hitchcock sees plenty of positives after first two games, hoping to build on them

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge
Detroit Red Wings at Dallas Stars

Tuesday, October 10
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310-AM / 96.7-FM

 

About the Stars

The Stars (0-2-0) lost 4-2 in St. Louis Saturday. The Stars surrendered three goals in a five-minute span of the first period to fall behind 3-0 and could never catch up.

"We absolutely did ourselves in," said Stars coach Ken Hitchcock. "We had a great start to the game. The first 10 or 12 minutes was exactly what we wanted. But when there was sustained pressure in our zone we started to over pursue and made some mistakes."

Hitchcock doesn't like the 0-2-0 record, but he likes a lot of what he has seen as far as how his team has played through the first two games. The Stars have outshot their opponents 86-51 through two games and hold a 134-99 advantage in shot attempts.

"In a way, it is the start we wanted based on play or analytics. It's just the record isn't what we wanted," Hitchcock said. "We've just got to keep going. We're doing a lot of good things, and we've got to keep building on the good things, learn a little bit about the score and controlling the game clock. Man, there are a lot of things we are doing that I like."

C Martin Hanzal, who left Saturday's game with a lower-body injury, practiced Monday and is probable for Tuesday. D Dan Hamhuis (groin) did not practice Monday and is questionable for Tuesday.      

The Stars play three of their next four games at home.

Injuries: C Martin Hanzal (lower body) is probable. D Dan Hamhuis (groin) is questionable.

 

About the Red Wings

The Red Wings (2-0-0) are coming off a 2-1 shootout victory at Ottawa Saturday. Jimmy Howard stopped 37 shots in regulation and overtime and then all three Ottawa shooters in the shootout.

"I thought Jimmy was good. He's been real solid," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill told media after the game. "I think we've done a pretty good job of not giving up high-end chances. We've given up a number of shots, but I think he's battled in front of our net."

Martin Frk scored in regulation, and Frans Nielsen scored the lone shootout goal for the Red Wings who opened the season with a 4-2 win over Minnesota.

Defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who has been out with a back injury, practiced Monday. He hopes to play by the end of the week.

Tuesday's game is the second of a four-game road trip for Detroit.

Injuries: D Niklas Kronwall (back) is out.

 

Season Series
  • This is the first of two meetings between the Stars and Red Wings this season.

  • The Stars were 1-1-0 against Detroit last season including a 3-1 win in Dallas.

 

Statistical Tidbits
  • The Stars have outshot their opposition 86-51 through two games but have been outscored 6-3.

  • The Red Wings have been outshot 77-71 through two games and outscored their opposition 5-3.

  • The Stars are 2-8 (25.0 percent) on the power play through two games.

  • The Red Wings are 2-9 (22.2 percent) on the power play through two games.

  • The Stars are 8-9 (88.9 percent) on the penalty kill.

  • The Red Wings are 11-11 (100 percent) on the penalty kill.

  • Defenseman John Klingberg (one goal, one assist) and forward Devin Shore (two assists) lead the Stars in scoring.

  • Defenseman Mike Green (four assists) leads the Red Wings in scoring.

This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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