When one winning streak ends the best thing to do is start another one. That is exactly what the Vancouver Canucks hope to accomplish tonight when they meet the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center.

The Canucks had their seven-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night in Minnesota, when they opened their three-game road trip with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Wild.

And now minus two regular defencemen, coach John Tortorella says his team must commit to playing solid defensively to get back on that winning track. The Canucks lost defenceman Ryan Stanton with an apparent ankle injury in Minnesota and are already without Alex Edler.

“I really believe that with two injuries on our back end you really have to start thinking your No. 1 focus is making sure you are playing good defence,” Tortorella said before his team’s optional game-day skate today.

“That is not just the defencemen, that is the forwards. A number of their chances late in that game in Minnesota it wasn’t our D, it was our forwards as far as not coming back. We need to be a better back-checking team if we want to continue to compete here.”

Veteran Andrew Alberts will draw into the lineup tonight to replace Stanton, who Tortorella said will be out for “weeks.”

“All the D are probably going to get extra minutes here,” Tortorella said. “We want to try and use Albie and Webs (Yannick Weber), too, so it’s not just one particular guy.”

“I think that (defence) should be our mindset every game,” Daniel Sedin said. “Albie and Webs haven’t played a whole lot this year. I think when that happens you try to help them out as the whole group. I think nowadays in this league you get offence from playing good defence. It’s a good mindset to have.”

This is the second and final meeting this season between the Stars and Canucks.

Dallas beat the Canucks 2-1 on Nov. 17 in Vancouver, thanks in large part to the play of goalie Kari Lehtonen, who made 42 saves. Lehtonen has not been as sharp lately for the Starts, who enter tonight’s game 10th in the Western Conference and eight points below the playoff bar.

“These guys are a good team and obviously Kari played really well for us and you could say he stole us the game,” said Dallas defenceman and Surrey native Brenden Dillon. “We have to be more prepared this time and expect a good team to come in here and play well.”

Roberto Luongo will start in goal for the Canucks.

The insertion of Alberts is expected to be the only lineup change for the Canucks.

The Stars are expected to line up this way up front: Tyler Seguin between Jamie Benn and Valeri Nichushkin; Cody Eakin with Ryan Garbutt and Antoine Roussel; Rich Peverley with Erik Cole and Colton Sceviour; and Shawn Horcoff with Alex Chiasson and Ray Whitney.