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Texas-Sized Saturday: Florida Panthers @ Dallas Stars ... Craig Anderson IN

Stars DALLAS -- Panthers got a big one on tap tonight as they made a rare visit to the Metroplex.

Went driving around today, and honestly, I have never seen so many pickup trucks/SUVs in my life.

Everyone here either drives a Ford F150, a Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra or a Expedition/Escalade/Tahoe.

Felt a little small tooling around in my Saturn Aura. But it has XM Radio, so whatever.

And that Texas state flag is in front of every single building here. Lots of pride here in the Nutmeg State.

-- Pete DeBoer says everything staying the same tonight, with Craig Anderson getting a second straight start. ''It's all about wins,'' DeBo says.

-- Panthers go into tonight trailing Montreal Expos by two points. Darn Andre Dawson.

-- Friday's Games (and how they affected the Panthers): Buffalo pulls back to within three points of Panthers with a win over Toronto. Leafs trailed 4-0 but made it a game, only to fall short.

-- Saturday's Games (and who the Panthers would be rooting for if they weren't so busy taking a tour of the Mavericks plush locker room with Mark Cuban)

Pens 4, Rangers 3: Pittsburgh gets a late goal and wins in regulation. Good news for the Panthers. Rangers still within sight and a brutal schedule upcoming.

Sabres @ Canadiens, 7: Hockey Night in Canada brings a big game for the Panthers. Guess you could call it huge. Florida would like to see Sabres win third straight, and do so in regulation please.

Panthers @ Stars, 8: Panthers hope Cowboys star Terrell Owens shows up to watch tonight's game. What's that you say?

-- The Standings (brought to you by Southfork Ranch and courtesy of TSN.ca/nhl; includes Saturday's early game)


RankTeamGPWLOTPTSGFGAHomeAwayLast 10Streak
1y-Boston7346171010224317125-6-621-11-44-5-1Won 1
2x-Washington76462379924522227-9-219-14-56-2-2Won 1
3x-New Jersey74472349822718426-10-121-13-35-4-1Lost 3
4Philadelphia734023109023521022-11-418-12-66-4-0Lost 1
5Pittsburgh76412789023922523-13-318-14-57-1-2Won 2
6Carolina76412878921821323-13-118-15-67-1-2Won 5
7NY Rangers76392898719620823-11-416-17-55-4-1Lost 2
8Montreal74382798522322523-8-615-19-34-4-2Won 2
9Florida753628118320721319-11-717-17-43-4-3Won 1
10Buffalo74363088022221422-13-314-17-54-5-1Won 2
11Toronto753131137522526414-13-917-18-45-5-0Lost 1
12Ottawa733231107419420920-12-612-19-48-2-0Lost 1
13Atlanta75313866823125915-19-216-19-47-3-0Won 1
14Tampa Bay752434176519624912-15-1112-19-63-3-4Lost 2
15NY Islanders74254185818624016-15-59-26-35-4-1Won 1


RankTeamGPWLOTPTSGFGAHomeAwayLast 10Streak
1y-San Jose7448151110724018530-3-418-12-76-3-1Lost 2
2x-Detroit754917910727622126-6-423-11-56-3-1Lost 1
3Calgary74422669023822824-9-418-17-23-7-0Lost 2
4Chicago734022119124219821-8-719-14-44-4-2Won 3
5Vancouver74402598922520322-11-418-14-56-3-1Won 1
6Columbus74392878520720224-11-215-17-57-2-1Won 1
7Edmonton75363098121622816-13-620-17-34-3-3Won 1
8Nashville74363088018820322-12-414-18-44-2-4Won 1
9Anaheim75373268021521618-17-319-15-36-4-0Lost 1
10St. Louis74353097920521421-13-514-17-46-3-1Won 3
11Minnesota74353187819018220-11-615-20-24-3-3Won 1
12Dallas74333297520622819-14-514-18-43-6-1Lost 5
13Los Angeles743133107218821516-14-815-19-24-5-1Won 1
14Phoenix74313676918422720-14-311-22-43-5-2Won 1
15Colorado75314226419224318-19-013-23-23-6-1Lost 6