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Stars-Canadiens Preview

12/21/2010

Montreal Canadiens at Dallas Stars

Tuesday December 21

8:00 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: KTCK

About the Stars

The Stars (20-10-3) are coming off a 4-3 overtime win in Detroit on Sunday. The Stars overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits in the game, getting a late game-tying goal from Brenden Morrow and the OT game-winner from Loui Eriksson.

“It really was a game where we had a lot of reasons or excuses to pack it in, but our guys hung tough and found a way,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford.

The Stars improved to 10-2-2 in their last 14 games overall and to 6-2-1 in their last nine road games.

The Stars are 14-2-3 in games decided by one goal this season.

Kari Lehtonen is scheduled to start in goal Tuesday.

Injuries: None.

About the Canadiens

The Canadiens (19-12-2) opened a stretch of seven straight games on the road with a 3-2 loss at Colorado on Sunday. It was the fourth loss in the last five games for Montreal.

“The games have all been tight,” Canadiens forward Mike Cammalleri told the Montreal Gazette. “We’re not questioning who or what we are. It’s a matter of us stepping up and being a little more accountable.”

Both Montreal goals in the game came on the power play.

Injuries: D Andrei Markov (knee) is out.

Series Notes

*This is the first and only meeting between the two teams this season.

*The Canadiens won last season’s only meeting, defeating the Stars 5-3 in Montreal.

*The Stars are 1-3-1 in their last five games against Montreal.

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 9-0-2 in their last 11 home games.

*The Canadiens are 1-5-0 in their last six road games.

*The Stars have scored on the power play in five straight games and are 6-24 (25.0%) during that stretch.

*Montreal has allowed a power play goal in five of the last six games and is 15-20 (75.0%) during that stretch.

*The Stars are 44-50 (88.0%) on the penalty kill over the last 15 games.

*Stars forward Loui Eriksson has points in three straight games (2 goals, 4 assists).

*Stars forward Brad Richards has points in three straight games (3 goals, 1 assist).

*Stars forward Brenden Morrow has three goals in the last the last three games.

*Montreal forward Mike Cammalleri has points in seven straight games (5 goals, 3 assists).

Statistical matchup

Statistical matchup between the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens