Red Wings-Stars Game 1 morning skate Tweets & stuff: Khudobin vs. ?; Benn questionable for Stars

The Detroit Red Wings open a set of two road games opposite the Dallas Stars tonight (8:30 PM EST on FSD/FS SW/97.1 FM; the teams play at the same time on Thursday).

The shorthanded Wings (no Darren Helm, Robby Fabbri, Filip Zadina, Sam Gagner, Adam Erne or Jon Merrill as of Stars morning skate time) are on an 0-and-2 slide after two disappointing losses against the Chicago Blackhawks, while Dallas has won its only two games of the regular season. also posted a worrisome set of stats about the teams which tangle this evening…

The Stars come into Tuesday’s matchup boasting a four-game home winning streak (4-0-0) against Detroit, while also earning points in each of the last six games (4-0-2) against them at American Airlines Center.

Dallas owns a 5-2-0 record over its last seven games against the Red Wings and has points in seven of the last 10 (6-3-1) against them.

As did Red Wings play-by-play announcer Ken Kal:

Wings need more balance in their scoring….

5 players have scored all 12 Red Wings goals

Ryan- 4G
Larkin 3G
Bertuzzi 3G
Mantha & Fabbri 1G each— Ken Kal (@KenKalDRW) January 26, 2021

If you’re interested, there is a local tie in this game as Ty Dellandrea once played for the Flint Firebirds, too:

“This kid is full of confidence. We love it. He’s a National Hockey League player.” – #GoStars Head Coach Rick Bowness on @TyDellandrea.

Watch Dellandrea and the Stars face the @DetroitRedWings tonight on @FOXSportsDet!— Flint Firebirds (@FlintFirebirds) January 26, 2021

Speaking of which, the Stars’ morning skate started at 11 AM, per the Dallas News’s Matthew DeFranks, The Athletic’s Saad Yousuf,’s Mike Heika and WFAA’s Bruce LeVine:

The Wings won’t skate until 12 or 12:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, so that’s when I’m going to hit “Publish” on this post.

Anyway, the Stars received customary news regarding their starting goaltender for tonight’s game, and good news regarding two of their injured players:

So the Stars said, “Hello”…

And Stars captain Jamie Benn is “questionable” for tonight’s game:

We’ll sum up the Stars’ side of things with this Tweet from Heika:

So we waited for the Red Wings, who do not have any traveling media members with the team, to Tweet out any relevant information from today’s morning skate…

In the interim, the Stars’ website posted coach Rick Bowness’ pre-game presser:

The Wings did post a Tweet from today’s skate. It involves Frans Nielsen working on his stick, Mathias Brome doing his thing on the ice, Thomas Greiss getting a skate repaired and Bobby Ryan kneeling.

There’s your morning skate’s worth of information from the Wings, as of 1:09 PM EST.

Morning in Dallas. #DETvsDAL x #LGRW— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) January 26, 2021

(If form holds true and Blashill continues to alternate goaltending starts, Greiss goes tonight)

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