Dallas Stars (13-8-4, 30 pts) at Pittsburgh Penguins (10-11-2, 22 pts)
The Pens have been playing better, there's no doubt. They're 3-1-1 in the past 5 games. This is a team that is still under .500 and is second from the bottom in the conference. They have been on a hot streak, but they've yet to prove it's anything more than a streak.
The Stars are a perfect model for the Pens to follow in their improved play. On Friday, November 2nd, they lost 5-0 at home to Phoenix (before Phoenix got Bryzgalov) to fall to 5-6-2. Since that point, they are 8-2-2, largely due to their defense and goal tending. They'll put up some scoring occasionally, but they mostly score three or fewer.
There's lots of talk about Mark Recchi and Daryl Sydor - I think this isn't the best thing to talk about right now. This team doesn't need any distractions - they need to be focused on building a nice long streak of consistently good play.
Stars blog - five for fighting
Aside from having a name that matches the one-hit wonder, Tracey is a beat writer covering the Stars. Good perspective on the blog. She's also surprised that it's windy here in Pittsburgh - it's always windy in the fall... something has to mess with me and my leaf blower!
Let's Go Pens!