Thursday, November 10, 2011
By Mark Stepneski
Dallas Stars at Pittsburgh Penguins
Friday November 11
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)
About the Stars
The Stars (11-3-0) improved to 2-0-0 on their current road trip with a 5-2 win at Washington Tuesday night. It was the fifth win in the last six road games for the Stars. The Stars have two games left on the trip – Friday’s tilt against Pittsburgh and then the Red Wings in Detroit on Saturday.
“We’re trying to gauge ourselves against the league, coming into Washington and then going to Pittsburgh and Detroit. We feel this is going to be a real good measuring stick. Tonight we liked our game and I think it gives us confidence moving forward,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said after the win over the Capitals.
The Stars have won four straight games overall.
Kari Lehtonen will get the start in goal for the Stars.
Injuries: LW Brenden Morrow (elbow) is probable. LW Steve Ott (hip pointer) is out.
About the Penguins
The Penguins (9-3-3) haven’t played since Saturday, when they wrapped up a three-game road trip with a 3-2 shootout win at Los Angeles. The Penguins, who went 1-1-1 on the trip and played the final two games against Western Conference teams, now play the team sitting at the top of the standings in the West.
“Dallas [is a] team that’s coming in here playing very good hockey, beating some good teams, and has the most points,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. “We have to be ready for maybe the best team in the league right now.”
Bylsma said Thursday that C Sidney Crosby, who has not played since January due to a concussion, would not play Friday.
Injuries: F Tyler Kennedy (concussion) is questionable. C Sidney Crosby (concussion), D Ben Lovejoy (wrist) and D Zbynek Michalek (hand) are out.
*This is the first of two meetings between the Stars and Penguins this season.
*The Stars won last season’s only meeting, defeating the Penguins 5-2 in Dallas.
*The Stars are 1-4-1 in their last six games against the Penguins.
*The Stars are 57-62-13 all-time against Pittsburgh.
*The Stars have outscored their opposition 28-19 in five-on-five play and have the best five-on-five goals for/goals against ratio in the league (1.47).
*Pittsburgh has been outscored 27-24 during five-on-five play this season.
*The Penguins have not allowed a power play goal in 13 of their 15 games this season and have the top ranked penalty kill in the league at 93.2 percent (41-44).
*The Stars are 7-24 (29.2%) on the power play over the last six games.
*The Penguins are 6-24 (25.0%) on the power play over their last six games.
*Stars forward Jamie Benn has a six-game points streak (3 goals, 8 assists).
*Stars forward Loui Eriksson has a five-game points streak (3 goals, 6 assists).
*Stars forward Eric Nystrom has a three-game goal scoring streak (3 goals).
*Pittsburgh forward James Neal has a four-game points streak (1 goal, 4 assists).