Red Wings rolling again
The Detroit Red Wings will be looking for their seventh consecutive win on Monday night in Dallas as they begin a lengthy road trip.
The clubs have met twice since Detroit defeated Dallas last May in the Western Conference final.
In mid-December, Stars goalie Marty Turco made 37 in 3-1 win, but wasn't as successful last week in Detroit, allowing four goals on 18 shots before being replaced by Tobias Stephan in a 6-1pounding.
Four different players had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings in the rout, with defenceman Niklas Kronwall notching three assists.
The Red Wings have shut down their opponents over the last three victories, outscoring them 12-2.
Detroit followed up the win over Dallas by beating Buffalo 3-1 on Saturday, a score that could have been more lopsided were it not for Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. Jiri Hudler and Mikael Samuelsson each scored and assisted, with Marian Hossa adding a late goal.
"We thought if we stayed at their net, we'd get our opportunities," said Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. "[Miller] made some great saves early, but we stayed patient and were able to get the win."
Ty Conklin made 21 saves and has allowed just one goal in his last two starts.
Monday's game will be the first of six straight on the road for Detroit (29-7-5). The Red Wings sit just four points behind San Jose atop the Western Conference.
The Stars were unable to bounce back in the desired way from last week's Detroit defeat, losing 1-0 in a shootout on Saturday in Phoenix.
Turco made 28 saves for the shutout, but Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov did him better in the shootout.
"When you get a shutout, you think that you should get the win," said Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "We didn't. We're in the winning business. We're not in the 'just-about' business."
The recent offensive struggles have seen Dallas slip to 18th in goals scored.
Dallas dropped to 17-17-6 and are five points back of the playoff pace in the West. The Stars were dominant at American Airlines Centre for many seasons, but since the beginning of last season are a so-so 32-22-5 in their own building.
Several forwards will look to break out for the home side. Brad Richards has gone four games without a point, Mike Ribeiro has just one goal and one assist in six games.
Mike Modano, named last week to his seventh NHL all-star game, has just two goals and three assists in his last 13 games.
With files from the Associated Press