Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild
Sunday January 20
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)
About the Stars
The Stars (1-0-0) opened the season with a 4-3 victory over Phoenix at American Airlines Center Saturday night.
The Stars received contributions from all three of their key offseason acquisitions. Jaromir Jagr had four points (two goals, two assists), Ray Whitney had a goal and an assist, and Derek Roy chipped in an assist.
“It’s always good, especially with these guys to come in,” said Dallas defenseman Stephane Robidas. “We knew what kind of players we were getting when they got them this summer. I’ve played against those guys and they’re extremely talented players. They compete hard and they just bring a different element to our team.”
Kari Lehtonen stopped 37 of 40 shots for the Stars.
Stars coach Glen Gulutzan was undecided on a goaltender for Sunday, but said he was leaning towards Cristopher Nilstorp.
Injuries: D Aaron Rome (groin) is day-to-day.
About the Wild
The Wild (1-0-0) opened the season with a 4-2 home win over Colorado Saturday night as free agent signings Zach Parise and Ryan Suter made their Minnesota debuts.
Parise had two assists and eight shots in 23:09 of playing time. Suter logged a game-high 27:05 of ice time, had no points and one shot on goal.
But Dany Heatley was the star of the night, scoring two goals for the Wild. Parise assisted on both Heatley goals.
“I was smiling the day we signed these guys and I’m still smiling,” Heatley told reporters. “They’ve added a huge element to our team.”
Niklas Backstrom stopped 25 of 27 shots for the Wild.
*The Stars were 3-1-0 (6 points) against the Wild last season.
*The Wild were 1-2-1 (3 points) against the Stars last season.
*The Stars are 29-12-3 all-time against the Wild.
*The Stars were 2-4 on the power play Saturday night. The last time the Stars registered two power play goals in a game came on Dec. 31, 2011 against Boston.
*The Wild were 2-7 on the power play in their win over Colorado.
*The Stars were 3-5 on the penalty kill in their first game of the season.
*Minnesota was 3-3 on the penalty kill against the Avalanche Saturday.