Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Tuesday pregame notes
By Mark Stepneski
The Dallas Stars won't see Sean Avery when they take on the New York Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden. Avery will be a healthy scratch. The Stars will see former teammate Brad Richards, who signed with the Rangers as a free agent in July.
“For me it’s not as much, but certainly for the guys in that locker room it is," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said of the matchup with Richards. "You hope – and it usually does take place – that your players rise a little bit to a level. That’s what we are hoping for tonight. We’ll see what matchups they want tonight, if any, and we’ll go from there. We know he’s out there, we know he is a great player. Just hope our battle and compete level are higher because of that fact.”
Henrik Lundqvist will start in goal for the Rangers. He's 3-2-0 with a 2.18 goals against average and .925 save percentage in five career starts against the Stars.
Richard Bachman gets his second NHL start for the Stars.
This will be the third and final game of Mark Fistric's three-game suspension. He'll be eligible to return when the Stars play at the New York Islanders on Thursday.