The Dallas Stars head to Minnesota on Monday night sitting pretty with a 2-0 series lead, but they’re expecting the Wild’s best in Game 3.
“We're happy to win the two home games. That's the advantage of having home-ice advantage," said Stars center Jason Spezza, per Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. "But we have to expect their best game. They're going to have a little extra energy from their crowd. It's a tough building to go into, and we have to prepare ourselves for knowing this is going to be the most important game up to this point.”
In the Stars’ first playoff game on home ice this year, they dominated the Wild on the way to a 4-0 Game 1 victory. Now it’s the Wild whose fans will be thrown into a frenzy by the return of playoff hockey, and the Stars fully expect Minnesota to draw from that energy.
"Our first game we were above average and then last game, we found a way to win. We knew they were going to come out with a push, and they definitely did that," said center Vernon Fiddler. "They're a good team. They defend well and they have some good guys up front that we're going to have to definitely key in on in these two games. This next game's probably going to be the hardest, and we have to get prepared for that."