Thursday, January 19, 2012
By Mark Stepneski
Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars
Friday January 20
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)
About the Stars
The Stars (24-19-2) lost to Detroit 3-2 in a shootout Tuesday at American Airlines Center, running their winless streak to three games (0-2-1).
“We did get a point. It’s better than nothing, but our last three games, I’d like to say that we’ve worked real hard and we’ve gotten one point out of a possible six,” Stars captain Brenden Morrow said. “And that’s not going to get us playing hockey in April and May and that’s what the ultimate goal is. We just got to keep sticking with it and with the depleted lineup, with our two big centerman out, this is the way we’re going to have to play. We’re going to have to scratch and claw for 60 minutes and hope for breaks. We didn’t get them tonight, we didn’t get them last night (1-0 loss at St. Louis), but if we keep doing the things we’re doing, they’ll eventually come.”
Kari Lehtonen is the likely starter for the Stars on Friday.
The Stars activated defenseman Philip Larsen, who has missed the last eight games with a concussion, from injured reserve on Thursday.
Injuries: D Philip Larsen (concussion) is questionable. C Jamie Benn (appendectomy) and C Mike Ribeiro (knee) are out.
About the Lightning
The Lightning (18-23-4) snapped a seven-game winless streak (0-6-1) with a 5-3 win over Boston in Tampa Tuesday.
“We had emotion,” Lightning coach Guy Boucher said. “We have a lack of confidence from losing some games and I told the players I didn't care about the score. I wanted fight. When the puck dropped, we're going to fight.”
Tampa Bay recalled D Evan Oberg from Norfolk (AHL) on Thursday.
Boucher hasn’t announced whether Mathieu Garon or Dwayne Roloson would start Friday’s game against the Stars.
Injuries: C Dana Tyrell (lower body) and F Tom Pyatt (lower body) are questionable. D Victor Hedman (concussion), D Marc-Andre Bergeron (back), RW Adam Hall (arm), D Mattias Ohlund (knee), RW Ryan Shannon (lower body) and RW R.T. Wyman (finger) are out.
*This is the first and only meeting between the two teams this season.
*The Lightning won last season’s only meeting, defeating the Stars 5-4 in Tampa Bay.
*The Stars are 19-7-3 all-time against Tampa Bay.
*The Stars have scored three goals over their last three games.
*Tampa Bay has allowed three goals or more in seven straight games.
*Tampa Bay ranks 30th in the league in both goals against (3.47) and save percentage (.887).
*Tampa Bay is 0-5-1 in its last six road games.
*The Stars are 4-5-1 in their last ten games at home.
*The Stars are 4-41 (9.8%) on the power play over the last 13 games.
*Tampa Bay is 2-24 (8.3%) on the power play over the last eight games.
*The Stars have not allowed a power play goal in eight of their last ten games.
*Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen is 11-6-0 in his career against Tampa Bay with a 2.39 goals against average and .930 save percentage.