Dallas Stars (21-16-1, 43 pts) @ Nashville Predators (21-14-4, 46 pts)
7:00 PM CT, January 5, 2012
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
The easiest way to rile up a Stars fan right now is to mention the name "Adam Pardy" in conjuction with the word "defense" or "lack of defense". In his first year with the Stars, Pardy has looked 1/3 lost, 1/3 confused and 1/3 just plain bad. A good clean waste of $2 million. Luckily for the Dallas folks is that Stephane Robidas should make his return from his injury tonight. With the recent callup and play of Jordie Benn, that should push Pardy out of the lineup and into the 7th defensemen spot which is definitely where he belongs. Unless Gulutzan just isn't that sure about Benn, then Pardy would be in the lineup, but Stars fans can all pray that isn't the case.
The lack of defense is what killed the Stars in their last game, a 5-4 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Without Robidas and Sheldon Souray, the Red Wings ran rampant over the Stars d-m...