Osgood in; Turco riding pine today?

January 8, 2006

An interesting contrast today when Dallas visits Hockeytown.  Mike Babcock will stray from his typical “ride the starter until he sucks” routine.  Manny Legace, coming off two straight very strong performances, will sit and Chris Osgood will start for the Wings, mainly because he owns Dallas.

From the Detroit News:

But it’s uncanny, one of those sports anomalies, how dominant Osgood has been over the Stars in his career.

Osgood will start against Dallas this afternoon, heading into the game with a 24-9-3 lifetime record versus the Stars.

The 24 victories are Osgood’s most over any team. He has already defeated the Stars once this season.

“I’ve always liked playing against them,” said Osgood, who has seen plenty of the Stars with the Red Wings and St. Louis Blues, and less as a member of the New York Islanders.

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Dallas coach Dave Tippett is very aware of the fact that Marty Turco hasn’t beaten the Wings in ten career starts. Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News reports that Tippett may start Johan Hedberg. 

And Detroit’s mastery of the Stars – Dallas hasn’t defeated the Red Wings since Jan. 16, 2002 – has Tippett wondering if he can notch his first win without Turco. The coach said he might start Johan Hedberg in goal.

“I don’t know who’s going to play,” said Tippett, who said he would discuss it with his coaches and announce the starter today. “Hedberg’s played well, and we have to figure out how well we think Marty’s going to play. It’s who gives you the best chance to win.”


Perhaps aside from Detroit’s convincing win Friday nite in Nashville, their performance in a 4-1 win December 27th in Dallas may have been their best of the year.  Stars coach Dave Tippett said it will take a perfect effort from Dallas to win today in JLA.

“If one thing is missing, it’s tough to beat them,” Tippett said. “It’s a good challenge for us. It’s another barometer game. They’re the best team in the conference, and we’ll see where we are.”

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