DALLAS — After 81 games, the stakes couldn’t be much higher in the Dallas Stars final regular season face-off at the AAC.
The Stars are skating into the playoffs, but tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators will determine just how big an advantage the boys in Victory Green will have on their journey to the Stanley Cup.
A win — or a regulation loss by St. Louis — and Dallas wins the Central Division Title, takes the #1 spot in the Western Conference, and locks up home ice throughout the Western Conference playoffs!
“Well, it’s important to try to finish the job that we set out to do. I think regardless of who you play in the playoffs, if you play at home, play on the road, it’s going to be difficult,” said Dallas Center Jason Spezza. “But for us,, we wanted to win the division; we put ourselves in a position after about 30 games and kind of reset our goals and because we did that, we want to make sure and try to win.”
Well, locking up home ice could be huge for this squad. They’ve won 27 of their 40 games in Big D this year. That’s the best home record in the conference.
And while this team looks to go into the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the best in the west, it’s hard to believe that this time last year, they were making their off-season plans!
“We’ve come a long ways. There’s nobody that would’ve picked us to be where we’re at.” said head coach Lindy Ruff,
“We’ve made some big strides, I’ve gotta give the guys a lot of credit.”
But there’s still one big stride left, and it starts with winning tonight — and getting ready to fight to hang another banner from the rafters of the AAC.