Originally written on Stars of Big D  |  Last updated 11/8/14
Dallas Stars (2-3-1, 5 pts) @ Detroit Red Wings (2-2-1, 5 pts) 6:30 PM CT Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan The Red Wings Like Dallas, the Wings have been off to a shaky start. They’ve alternated between wins and losses so far this season (on track for a win tonight if the trend continues) though their play has looked better the past few games. The Wings lost 2-1 to the Stars a week ago as they just couldn’t solve Kari Lehtonen despite putting 39 shots on him. Detroit is still bad on the power-play and the penalty kill and their injuries have not improved since that last game against Dallas. Among those injured and out for this game include forwards Darren Helm, Mikael Samuelsson, Jan Mursak and defensemen Ian White and Carlo Colaiacovo. Backup goaltenders Jonas Gustavsson and Joey MacDonald are also out for this game. The biggest difference that the Stars can expect from Detroit is the look of the top lines. Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg were split up and both guys immediately had a bigger effect on the game. They’ll be on different lines again tonight. The Wings will start Jimmy Howard once again this game. He’s started every game so far this season and has allowed at least two goals in each of the past four starts. Possible line combos: Brunner – Zetterberg – Franzen Bertuzzi – Datsyuk – Filppula Cleary – Abdelkader – Tootoo Miller – Emmerton – Eaves D-Pairings: Kronwall – Ericsson Quincey – Smith Huskins – Lashoff Dallas: Dallas is coming off a horrible loss to the Blue Jackets last night and enters the dreaded second night of a back-to-back tonight. Dallas has been horrible on the B2B the past two seasons and a game against the Wings will be difficult. The Stars had a huge problem with penalties once again last night. Although they were lucky to go seven for seven on the penalty kill, it was against the offensively challenged Blue Jackets. Doing something like that again tonight will only kill the team. Dallas needs to show some fire tonight and not get off to another slow start. They need to be engaged in the game (smartly engaged that is) and try to at least keep their goalie relatively safe. Cody Eakin has really been the only guy that’s shown a want-to out on the ice. Richard Bachman should be making the start tonight to give Kari Lehtonen a rest. Bachman has been down in the AHL to get some work in and with Cristopher Nilstorp on IR, it’s now his turn to get some NHL work in. Probable lines: Eriksson – Benn– Jagr Whitney – Eakin – Ryder Morrow – Fiddler – Nystrom Garbutt – Wandell – Smith D-Pairs: Goligoski – Robidas Benn – Daley Larsen – Dillon  
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Craig Sager's leukemia has returned

Frozen Four: Providence earns first bid since 1985

Report: Discussions to bring NFL team to L.A. are progressing

Report: Chris Mullin expected to take St. John's job

Michigan State beats Louisville, punches Final Four ticket

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ex-NHL player viciously attacks opponent before game

Rick Barnes a possibility for Tennessee coaching job?

Report: NFL looking into Bill Belichick's camera ideas

Saints CB Brian Dixon arrested in Miami

CC Sabathia goes off about spring training stats

Kentucky remains unbeaten after thrilling win over ND

Hooked 'em: Why Texas had to fire Rick Barnes

Adam Morrison trolled fan who made JJ Redick comment

Jim Harbaugh finished fourth in student government election

WATCH: Notre Dame gets warm reception upon return home

WATCH: Kris Letang hospitalized after hit

Aaron Rodgers, sports writer get into it over on-court access

Sam Dekker's hot shooting sends Wisconsin to Final Four

Jim McElwain complains about Florida roster

Mark Few: I put Coach K up there with John Wooden

WATCH: Enes Kanter embraces boos in return to Utah

Mariners prospect dies from boat accident injuries

T.J. Ford sends heartfelt tweet about Rick Barnes

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Why Texas had to fire Rick Barnes

Craig Sager's leukemia has returned

Report: Chris Mullin to take St. John's job

Report: NFL looking into more cameras

CC Sabathia goes off about spring stats

John Fox: Cutler will have to earn job

Texas eyeing Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall?

WATCH: Brady jumps off cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Nique in HORSE

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Notre Dame vs. Kentucky

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.