It's another busy night across the Southwest as the Dallas Stars have the Versus Telecast as the Stars take on the Blackhawks at home tonight as the Stars begin a 3 game homestand which will include the New Years Eve Game and Celebration against the Anaheim Ducks currently sit in 10th place out west just 3 points back of 8th place Vancouver where getting any kind of winning streak can get back up in the Western Conference.
So far this season for the Stars, they have pulled off an impresive win over the way back in Mid October where they have been shown to beat the best teams this season. This also includes 2 wins against San Jose in the SO and some impressive performances against Detroit.
Elsewhere in the NHL Tonight, It's a battle of Division Leaders as the Pengins travel to Buffalo take on the Buffalo Sabres. Also the Phoenix Coyotes are hosting the Vancouver Canucks while the Ducks will take on Minnesota as both teams are both in the hunt as the Wild are currently tied for the Stars with them playing one more game then the Stars.
In the AHL, the Texas Stars will host the Syracuse Crunch that contuine their Texas Roadtrip after a 5-4 OT Game against Houston last night as the Crunch among the leagues worst teams at 10-18-5 for just 25 points and being in last place in the East Division. The Texas Stars look to end a recent slide that's seen them lose 5 of their last 7 games dating back to December 9 with a 5-1 loss to the Peoria Rivermen.
Also in the West Division is a critical match up between the Rockford Icehogs and the Milwaukee Admirals where a win by either side could take them to 2nd place in the West and could close the gap of the Division Leading Texas Stars to 3 points if Texas loses to Syracuse tonight. Also the Peoria Rivermen travel to Celevand to take on the Lake Erie Monsters tonight who are last in the North Division right now.
So it's imporant that the Texas Stars get the win tonight as the West Division contuines to tighten up. What's making it tough for Texas right now is that Matt Climie is out with a lower body injury right now so Brent Krahn is having to carry the load goaltending wise right now.
In the CHL tonight, it's the Laredo Bucks traveling to Corpus Christi as the Icerayz look to close in the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees who sit in the Southern Conference's 5th and final playoff spot. We also have the Tulsa Oilers making the long trip to South Texas to take on the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees as both teams sit on the cut line in their respective conferences as we reach the midway point of the CHL Season. Also the Amarillo Gorillas who sit in 6th place travel to Arizona to take on the last place Sundogs.
National Hockey League
Pittsburgh Penguins 3 Buffalo Sabres 4 (2-0, 1-2, 0-2)
Columbus Blue Jackets 1 NY Islanders 2 (SO) (0-1, 0-0, 1-0, 0-0, 0-1)
Nashville Predators 4 St. Louis Blues 3 (2-1, 1-0, 1-2)
Chicago Blackhawks 4 Dallas Stars 5 (3-2, 1-2, 0-1)
Game Story: http://stars.nhl.com/club/recap.htm?id=2009020587
Vancouver Canucks 2 Phoenix Coyotes 3 (SO) (0-0, 1-2, 1-0, 0-0, 0-1)
Minnesota Wild 2 Anaheim Ducks 4 (1-2, 0-1, 1-1)
American Hockey League
Peoria Rivermen 5 Lake Erie Monsters 3 (3-1, 0-0, 2-2)
Providence Bruins 3 Springfield Falcons 2 (OT) (1-0, 1-1, 0-1, 1-0)
Manchester Monarchs 2 Worcester Sharks 5 (0-2, 1-2, 1-1)
Hershey Bears 5 Norfolk Admirals 3 (2-0, 1-1, 2-2)
Rockford Icehogs 1 Milwaukee Admirals 7 (0-2, 0-3, 1-2)
Syracuse Crunch 4 Texas Stars 3 (SO) (2-1, 0-1, 1-1, 0-0, 1-0)
Game Story: www.texasstarshockey.com/news/news/index.html?article_id=129
Central Hockey League
Missouri Mavericks 5 Mississippi Riverkings 2 (3-0, 1-1, 1-1)
Laredo Bucks 1 Corpus Christi Icerayz 4 (0-3, 1-1, 0-0)
Game Story: www.goicerays.com/news/headlines/index.html?article_id=896
Rapid City Rush 4 Wichita Thunder 2 (1-0, 1-0, 2-2)
Tulsa Oilers 2 Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 1 (SO) (0-0, 1-0, 0-1, 0-0, 1-0)
Game Story: www.tulsaoilers.com/uncategorized/mangers-victory-for-oilers-2-1/
Amarillo Gorillas 4 Arizona Sundogs 2 (2-0, 1-0, 1-2)
Western Hockey League
Prince Albert Raiders 3 Moose Jaw Warriors 6 (0-2, 1-2, 2-2)
Regina Pats 3 Calgary Hitmen 4 (1-3, 1-0, 1-1)
Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 Edmonton Oil Kings 1 (SO) (0-0, 1-0, 0-1, 0-0, 1-0)
Red Deer Rebels 4 Kootenay Ice 5 (SO) (1-2, 2-2, 1-0, 0-0, 0-1)
Prince George Cougars 1 Chilliwack Bruins 6 (0-3, 1-2, 0-1)
Spokane Chiefs 3 Portland Winterhawks 4 (1-1, 0-2, 2-1)
Everett Silvertips 0 Tri-City Americans 1 (0-0, 0-1, 0-0)
Ontario Hockey League
London Knights 4 Guelph Storm 2 (1-1, 3-0, 0-1)
Erie Otters 4 Saginaw Spirit 1 (2-0, 0-1, 2-0)
Barrie Colts 7 Kitchener Rangers 4 (3-2, 1-1, 3-1)
Belleville Bulls 2 Ottawa 67s 4 (1-2, 0-1, 1-1)
Plymouth Whalers 5 Sarnia Sting 2 (2-1, 1-1, 2-0)
Sault St. Marie Greyhounds 2 Sudbury Wolves 4 (1-2, 1-2, 0-0)
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Halifax Mooseheads 0 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 6 (0-4, 0-1, 0-1)
P.E.I. Rockets 2 St. John Seadogs 5 (0-0, 0-5, 2-0)
Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5 Chicoutimi Sagueneens 4 (1-1, 3-0, 1-3)
Moncton Wildcats 4 Acadie-Bathurst Titans 3 (2-0, 2-1, 0-2)
Rouyn-Nornda Huskies 1 Val-dor Fourures 2 (0-0, 0-1, 1-1)
United States Hockey League
Waterloo Blackhawks 3 Youngstown Phantoms 4 (0-1, 1-2, 2-1)
North American Hockey League
Marquette Rangers 2 Traverse City North Stars 3 (1-2, 0-1, 1-0)
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