DALLAS (TICKER) —The Dallas Stars try to hang on to second place in the Western Conference on Monday when they host the Vancouver Canucks in a game that could decide the crucial season series between the teams.
The Stars are one point behind first-place Detroit in the Western Conference and are just two points ahead of the Canucks. Vancouver has one more victory than Dallas with 10 games remaining for both teams, which will be the deciding factor if both finish the season tied in points.
Dallas has won the first two meetings with Vancouver this season and is trying to win the season series for the first time since the 1999-2000 campaign.
The Stars completed a 1-2-0 road trip with a 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
The Stars have lost consecutive games for the first time since losing three straight games from December 21-26.
Dallas has just one loss in its last seven games at American Airlines Arena (4-1-2) and has the league’s second-best home record at 24-4-6-1.
Vancouver clinched a playoff spot on Saturday despite losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 1-0.
The Canucks did not record a shot on two of their four power plays and were shut out for the fourth time this season.
Vancouver center Mats Lindgren left the game early with an upper body injury and Brad May was carried off on a stretcher after a crushing hit from Toronto’s Mats Sundin in the second period. May suffered a concussion and is out indefinitely.