Stars at Red Wings
After being embarrassed in their season opener Saturday, the Detroit Red Wings attacked the net Monday and pulled out a shootout victory at Columbus. The Red Wings will be trying to make it back-to-back triumphs when they host the Dallas Stars in their home opener Tuesday. The Stars brought in Jaromir Jagr in the offseason and got an immediate return with four points in the first game, but struggled on offense the next night. Detroit is a different team without longtime captain Nicklas Lidstrom and was blanked 6-0 without the defenseman at St. Louis on Saturday. That defense struggled on the penalty kill while letting a lead slip away Monday before Pavel Datsyuk bailed them out with the equalizer late in the third. The Stars, who were shut out Sunday at Minnesota, will try to take advantage of the Red Wings’ holes with newcomers Jagr, Ray Whitney and Derek Roy.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FS Southwest (Dallas), FS Dallas (Detroit)
ABOUT THE STARS (1-1-0): Dallas made several moves to beef up their offensive output by adding Jagr, Roy and Whitney to a group that already included Loui Eriksson, Michael Ryder and Brenden Morrow. That all worked out when Jagr collected two goals and two assists in the opener, but the Stars failed to generate a consistent rush in Minnesota and put 24 shots on goal in the 1-0 setback. They went 0-for-4 on the power play in that contest. Dallas is still trying to get restricted free agent Jamie Benn, who collected 63 points last season, under contract. Benn’s absence has moved Roy up to the center spot on the first line while Tom Wandell has gotten some time in the middle of the second line.
ABOUT THE RED WINGS (1-1-0): Lidstrom’s retirement and Detroit’s inability to sign a veteran to take his place has left a huge void on the blue line. Ian White and Niklas Kronwall have gotten the most shifts on defense while 23-year-old Brendan Smith works his way into a bigger role. Datsyuk assisted on White’s goal in the second period Monday before banging in the tying goal with 6:04 left in the third period. Rookie center Damien Brunner, who is getting first-line time with Datsyuk and new captain Henrik Zetterberg, scored the shootout winner. Brunner got comfortable with Zetterberg when the two played together in Switzerland during the lockout.
1. Detroit took each of the four meetings last season, with Dallas managing one point in a 3-2 shootout loss at home Jan. 17.
2. Red Wings rookie D Brian Lashoff made his NHL debut Monday and scored.
3. Jagr has recorded 26 points (eight goals) in 27 career games against Detroit.
Red Wings 2, Stars 1