It is this point in the season that a lot of games become ‘must win’ games. Tonight is one of those for Dallas, as the Stars and Phoenix battle it out at the American Airlines Center in Texas.
Thanks to the Ducks beating the San Jose Sharks last night, the Stars still occupy top spot in the Pacific division. Phoenix has the same amount of points as Dallas but sit behind them in the table because the Stars have won more games over the course of the season. This is why tonight’s game is so huge and a big 4 pointer for both sides is up for grabs.
After a sublime run of form, the Dallas Stars have grinded to a halt in the past few days, losing their last 2 games comprehensively. The Coyotes have also lacked momentum lately, going 3-5-2 in their last 10 games.
The Stars have been given a huge boost ahead of the encounter tonight as Sheldon Souray returns to the line up. Souray has been consistently good this season for Dallas and he will be key in their final push for a playoff spot. His return probably means that Adam Pardy will be a healthy scratch for the game.
It is a battle of the goaltenders tonight as Kari Lehtonen and Mike Smith get the starts for the respective teams. Both teams have been heavily reliant on their goalies and they have played a pivotal role in where their sides sit in the league table. Lehtonen and Smith both have identical save percentages at .924 but Smith has one more shutout than Kari with 5.
The Coyotes have some injury worries ahead of the game as Radim Vrbata, Taylor Pyatt and Adrian Aucoin are all doubts.
I cant wait for tonights game which is the biggest of the season for Dallas so far. Both teams are going to be desperate for the win, which should make it a thrilling contest. Puck drop is at 7pm.
Joining Larry Blustein between 9-10 will be Miami Archbishop Carroll record-setting defensive back Leroy Clark, Plantation standout defensive tackle Monty Nelson and Washington State head coach Mike Leach.
PICKING OFF THE ATTENTION
As if his 13 interceptions, numerous pass breakups and several key open field tackles haven’t been enough to sway colleges, Clark is also one of the elite prospects when it comes to special teams and even playing on the offensive side of the ball.
A superb talent who will continue to draw colleges interest in the off season. His ability to make plays will open every door for this talented football player.
A MAJOR FORCE
Check back to last fall and you may be amazed at how many times Nelson’s 6-3, 270-pound frame had two offensive bodies on him. The answer would be several times every game, and he usually won the battles.
This is an outstanding prospect who gets off the ball amazingly quick, and with one full year under his belt on the wrestling mat, this is indeed a football player who could emerge as one of the best in the state.
COAST TO COAST
Last year at this time, Coach Leach was planning some offensive strategy as a volunteer coach at Key West High School. Now, one of the best coaches in the country gets the opportunity to go back to what he does best – coach college football.
After turning Texas Tech into a national power with a wide open offense, Leach now takes his show to the west coast and Pullman, Washington.
One of several new big name coaches in the Pac-12, Leach has already made a huge impact with a program that has been looking for a direction.
One of the first players that Leach brought with him in this current class is Miami Norland safety/linebacker Feddie Davey, who helped lead the Vikings to a state.
Davey is one of those area players that Leach and his assistant coach and Miami native Paul Volero, hope to attract out west each year.
Miss the show? You can catch it archived at http://sfhighschoolsports.com.
If the Moeller basketball team defeats visiting Roger Bacon tonight, the Crusaders will tie the longest winning streak in Moeller basketball history, according to the athletic department.
Moeller is already 17-0 for the first time in school history.
Moeller has two occasions where the Crusaders had won 18 consecutive games - 1969-70 and 2006-07.
In 1969-70, the team lost a couple of early games, but won 18 consecutive until the regional semifinals. It was Mike Sylvester’s senior year.
In 2006-07, Moeller won state and finished with a 10-game winnng streak. The Crusaders won the first eight games of the 2007-08 season.
Overton is playing Overton in basketball tonight.
That’s not a typo or an intrasquad game. It’s Nashville Overton vs. Memphis Overton.
Fortunately, the teams have different nicknames. Nashville Overton is the Bobcats and Memphis is the Wolverines.
Nashville Overton (7-2), led by point guard Mookie Betts, takes a six-game win streak into the game.
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