Monday, December 12, 2011
By Mark Stepneski
Dallas Stars at New York Rangers
Tuesday December 13
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)
About the Stars
The Stars (16-11-1) won 2-1 at Los Angeles Saturday tonight. Goaltender Richard Bachman stopped 26 of 27 shots to win in his first NHL start.
“It was exciting. When the final buzzer goes off, you can breathe a sigh of relief, especially in a tight game like that,” Bachman said. “It’s exciting, it’s fun. You always dream of getting that first win, and it was a dream come true tonight.”
Bachman will get the start Tuesday night against the Rangers.
The Stars, who are 1-1-0 on their current road trip, have won three of their last five games (3-2-0).
Injuries: D Mark Fistric (suspension), RW Adam Burish (broken hand) and G Kari Lehtonen (groin) are out.
About the Rangers
The Rangers (17-6-4) routed the Florida Panthers 6-1 at Madison Square Garden Sunday. The Rangers won for the seventh time in their last nine games (7-1-1).
"I think we raised the bar this year," Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said. "We're not satisfied playing OK and getting a point here and there. So many players in the room now are challenging each other to be better and we have four pretty good lines out there. It's a great feeling and I'm happy to see the way we're playing and the way we push ourselves through the ups and downs."
Since starting the season 3-3-3, the Rangers are 14-3-1 over their last 18 games.
Injuries: D Marc Staal (concussion), LW Wojtek Wolski (sports hernia), C Mike Rupp (knee) and D Kurt Sauer (concussion) are out.
*This the first and only meeting between the two teams this season.
*The Rangers won last season’s only meeting, topping the Stars 3-2 in a shootout at American Airlines Center.
*The Stars are 38-68-23 all-time against the Rangers.
*The Stars are 25-27 (92.6%) on the penalty kill over the last nine games.
*The Rangers are 10-37 (27.0%) on the power play over the last nine games.
*The Stars have scored on the power play in three of the last four games and are 3-15 (20.0%) during that stretch.
*The Rangers are 24-26 (92.3%) on the penalty kill over the last eight games.
*Stars forward Mike Ribeiro has points in three of his last four games (one goal, three assists).
*Rangers forward Derek Stephan has three goals and four assists in the last six games.