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Game Day Preview: Stars at Wings

There was a time, many years ago, when my sarcasm was split evenly between two teams: the 'dique and Dallas. All my snide remarks of today, pointing out the hygienic, dietary and genealogical challenges of Bubba's fan base? The fine folk in Dallas used to be the recipients. Well, the Stars moved on to the Pacific division and we haven't seen them in posteason play since a little kid named Osgood shut them out in Game 6 of the WCF in '98. Don't get me wrong. I still dislike Dallas, but it's just not the same.

However…they come into the Joe tonite considerably hotter than the Wings (I know, I know…tell me who isn’t).  The Wings defeated Dallas 4-3 October 27th in their only meeting thus far.

Dallas has won five of their last seven.  They scored 4 PP goals Friday against LA, but also gave up 3.  Traditional Wing biotch Marty Turco will be in the nets for Dallas tonite, after spending all but three minutes of the Stars’ last three games riding pine.

Ft. Worth Star Telegram

Turco has a 2.97 goals-against average, an .892 save percentage and a 1-7-5 record in 14 games against the Red Wings. But coach Dave Tippett believes it’s important to see how his goalie responds to the situation.

“I’m more for throwing him into challenges than take him out of challenges,” Tippett said. “Challenges build people.”


Wings’ first game on Versus this year.  Start time: 1900 EST.

More illuminating Game Day reading:

Dallas Morning News Game Day Preview
USA Today Wings/Stars Preview
Dallas Morning News: Zubov Gives Stars Daley Double

Fellow Wing Bloggers:
Behind The Jersey
On The Wings

Stars Bloggers:
Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page
Razor With An Edge

Message Board Game Day Threads:

Andrew’s DS Message Board



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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com