Monday, February 13, 2012
Stars-Red Wings Preview
By Mark Stepneski
Dallas Stars at Detroit Red Wings
Tuesday February 14
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)
About the Stars
The Stars (28-24-3) are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at American Airlines Center. Dallas turnovers led to the Kings’ first and third goals in the game. The loss dropped the Stars, who are four points out of a playoff spot, to 3-3-1 since All-Star break.
“Being .500 is not what we need to get in,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “We need to be better than that. Certainly everybody in that room is mad, but we just need to keep moving forward. We’ve got to learn from some of these mistakes and keep going forward.
Kari Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars.
Injuries: D Sheldon Souray (foot and LW Brenden Morrow (neck/shoulder) are out.
About the Red Wings
The Red Wings (38-17-2) tied an NHL record with their 20th straight home win, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 on Sunday.
"We don't want to talk about it," defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom said. "We just want to keep it going. Just go out there and play and win games. That's the approach we've had."
The Red Wings are 5-1-1 since the All-Star break.
Injuries: RW Dan Cleary, G Jimmy Howard (finger) and RW Patrick Eaves (jaw) are out.
*This is the fourth and final meeting between the two teams this season.
*The Stars are 0-2-1 in the season series.
*The Red Wings are 3-0-0 in the series.
*November 12, at Detroit: Red Wings 5, Stars 2
January 3, at Dallas: Red Wings 5, Stars 4
January 17, at Dallas: Red Wings 3, Stars 2 (SO)
*The Stars have scored two goals or fewer in 11 of their last 13 games.
*The Red Wings have scored three goals or more in six of their last nine games.
*The Stars are 1-14 on the power play over the last four games and 4-25 (16.0%) on the PP since the All-Star break.
*Detroit is 4-30 (13.3%) on the power play since the All-Star break.
*The Stars have allowed four power play goals over the last three games and are 3-7 on the penalty kill during that stretch. The Stars are 16-22 (72.%) on the PK since the break.
*Detroit is 21-26 (80.8%) on the penalty kill since the All-Star break.
*Stars forward Michael Ryder has three goals in the last four games.
*Detroit’s Johan Franzen has three goals in the last four games.