Dallas Stars: Joey MacDonald

As far as regular season games go, tonight’s Stars-Red Wings game in Detroit has some special meaning. The Red Wings are going for an NHL-record 21st consecutive home win. The significance of the game isn’t lost on Stars forward Steve Ott.

“Love is in the air. It’s Valentine’s Day. They have a chance to do something very special over there and we have a chance to knock them off,” Ott said. “For us, it probably amps up the game a little bit more in an 82-game regular season. It’s more of a playoff type format, rather just a regular old regular season game.”

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said it’s a good challenge for his team, and an opportunity.

“It’s real good for us. It puts us in a position where we need to come and play at the top of our game and try to do something the last 20 teams haven’t been able to do,” Gulutzan said. “If we come and play our game and have some success, it will be a great boost for us.”

Jake Dowell will be in the Dallas lineup tonight and Toby Petersen will be the scratch at forward. Sheldon Souray is still out, so it will be the same six on defense and Adam Pardy will be a scratch.

Kari Lehtonen is in goal for the Stars. Joey MacDonald will get the start for the Red Wings.

Here’s the Stars’ projected lineup:

Ott-Benn-Vincour
Eriksson-Ribeiro-Ryder
Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak
Dowell-Wandell-Burish

Goligoski-Robidas
Grossman-Daley
Fistric-Larsen

Lehtonen

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