Boston Bruins at Dallas Stars
Tuesday January 20, 2015
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM
About the Stars
The Stars (21-17-7) are coming off a 6-3 win in Chicago Sunday night. The Stars, playing at Chicago for the third time this season on the second night of a back-to-back, were tied 3-3 going into the third period and scored three unanswered goals to secure the win.
“We’ve been in this situation before, coming in here after two periods and being tied,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn. “We came in here and talked about it. We just wanted to get the job done tonight. That was all that was on our minds, and we found a way to win.”
Kari Lehtonen made 38 saves, and Cody Eakin registered two goals and one assist for the Stars, who have won three of their past four games and are 11-4-2 over their past 17 games.
Stars forward Patrick Eaves, out since early December with an ankle injury, said he is ready to play. Stars coach Lindy Ruff would not say if he would use Eaves on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s game is the final one before the All-Star break for the Stars.
Injuries: RW Patrick Eaves (ankle) is questionable. D Trevor Daley (undisclosed), RW Brett Ritchie (hand), RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) and D Patrik Nemeth (arm) are out.
About the Bruins
The Bruins (24-16-6) had a five-game winning streak and nine-game points streak end with a 3-1 loss to Columbus in Boston on Saturday. Matt Calvert’s goal with 3:03 remaining broke a 1-1 tie and handed the Bruins their first regulation loss since Dec. 27.
“Obviously we wanted to keep things going and keep things feeling good and keep the win streak going and unfortunately, it ends here tonight with a poor effort,” said Boston forward Milan Lucic. “These are the things you have to learn throughout a season, how to bounce back.”
The Bruins, whose last two regulation losses have come at the hands of Columbus, are 6-1-3 over their past ten games.
Bruins forward Brad Marchand will miss Tuesday’s game. He will be serving the final game of a two-game suspension for slew-footing Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers.
Tuesday’s game is the next to the last before the All-Star break for the Bruins. They play at Colorado on Tuesday.
Injuries: F Brad Marchand (suspension) is out.
*This is the first of two meetings this season between the Stars and Bruins.
*The Stars were 1-1-0 vs. Boston last season.
*The Stars are 7-3-2 in their last 12 home games vs. Boston.
*The Stars are 31-75-23 all-time vs. the Bruins.
*The Stars are 10-4-1 in their past 15 home games.
*The Bruins are 4-2-2 in their past eight road games.
*The Stars are 8-6-1 vs. the Eastern Conference.
*The Bruins are 7-7-1 vs. the Western Conference, including 4-4-1 vs. the Central Division.
*The Stars have scored five goals or more in five of their past ten games.
*The Bruins have allowed two goals or fewer in six of their past ten games.
*The Stars have scored on the power play in three of the past four games and are 3-14 (21.4 percent) during that stretch.
*The Bruins are 27-29 (93.1 percent) on the penalty kill over the past eight games.
*Stars forward Tyler Seguin co-leads the NHL in goals with 28 and ranks second in points with 52.
*Brad Marchand leads Boston with 12 goals and Patrice Bergeron leads the Bruins in points with 32.
This story was not subject to the 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.