After a brief stay at home, the Stars now pack their bags again for a four-game Eastern Conference road trip.
Dallas will hit the ice at Madison Square Garden on Monday night to face off against the New York Rangers, with the puck dropping at 6 p.m. CST in the Big Apple. This is the first of two clashes this season; the Rangers will travel to Dallas in February.
Last season against the Rangers, the Stars were 1-1-0 with each club recording a victory on the other team's home ice. In the most recent meeting back in January, the Stars won at The Garden. In fact, the Stars have won two of the last three on the road against the Rangers.
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The Stars (16-13-1) have lost three straight, including a 5-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights Saturday night in Dallas. They were actually burnt by a few of their former players. Reilly Smith had a goal in the second period to give Vegas a 3-2 lead. Cody Eakin had two assists, James Neal contributed with an assist and former Stars goalie prospect Maxime Lagace stopped 36 of 39 shots.
“There’ll be a little bit of a look in the mirror in the next 24 hours,” Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock said after the loss. “We don’t have much time to rest we’ve just got to get going. We need to process this one and move forward.”
The Stars going into this current road trip with a 6-9-1 record away from the friendly confines of the American Airlines Center.
“It will be nice to get on the road with the guys and stick together, we’re in this together,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn. “We’ve got to find a way to win on the road now.”
The Stars have recalled forward Jason Dickinson from the AHL’s Texas Stars. He’s appeared in four games with Dallas this season. In 20 games with the Texas Stars, Dickinson has 13 goals and 14 points.
Dickinson was a first round selection by Dallas in the 2013 NHL Draft.