Stars-Wild preview

April, 9, 2011
4/09/11
10:49
PM CT
Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild
Sunday April 10
5 p.m.
TV: KTXA 21
Radio: KTCK-AM 1310

About the Stars

The Stars ran their winning streak to four games and kept their playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 win at Colorado on Friday night. They need for Detroit to beat Chicago in regulation and then get a regulation or overtime win against the Wild to secure a playoff spot Sunday.

“It boils down to one more day. We’re still alive,” Stars captain Brenden Morrow said. “We’ve got to worry about our game and we’ll look for some help from there.”

Kari Lehtonen will get the start in goal.

Injuries: D Nicklas Grossman (knee) and F Brian Sutherby (back) are out.

About the Wild

The Wild won 3-1 at Edmonton on Friday to complete a sweep of the six-game season series with the Oilers. There were a total of 122 penalty minutes In the game, including 100 in the first period.

“We kind of got that out of the way, let them know we were there to compete and not get bullied out of this barn," Wild forward Brad Staubitz said. "We got those goals and stuck together as a team and played strong."

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Wild.

Injuries: C John Madden (foot) and D Marek Zidlicky (hamstring) are questionable. D Cam Barker (back), RW Martin Havlat (upper body), LW Guillaume Latendresse (lower body), D Marco Scandella (finger) and D Nick Schultz (head) are out.

Series notes

*This is the fourth and final meeting between the two teams.

*The Stars are 3-0-0 in the season series and the Wild are 0-2-1.

*Saturday December 4 | at Dallas | Dallas 4, Minnesota 3 (OT)
*Sunday January 9 | at Minnesota | Dallas 4, Minnesota 0
*Friday March 11 | at Dallas | Dallas 4, Minnesota 0

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars have outscored the Wild 12-3 in the season series.

*Stars goalie Kari Lehotnen is 2-0-0 against Minnesota this season with a 1.46 goals against average, a .933 save percentage and one shutout.

*Stars captain Brenden Morrow has scored goals in four straight games.

*Stars center Mike Ribeiro has 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) in the last four games.

*Minnesota has not defeated a team in the Western Conference playoff race since February 25 (3-2 shootout win at Anaheim). They are 0-6-0 in games against Western teams in the playoff race since.


Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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