Monday, March 5, 2012
By Mark Stepneski
Dallas Stars at Vancouver Canucks
Tuesday, March 6
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)
About the Stars
The Stars (35-26-5) ran their points streak to seven games (6-0-1) with a 3-2 shootout win at Calgary Sunday. Kari Lehtonen made 36 saves and was 2-2 in the shootout and Loui Eriksson had one goal, one assist and scored in the shootout.
“We know how big these points are and today we got two more points, it’s huge for us right now,” said Eriksson. “Calgary’s behind us and we needed a big win today and we got it. It’s big, it’s so tight in the conference and that point can really help us.”
The Stars, who are 7-1-2 over their last ten games, moved into first place in the Pacific Division Monday night when Phoenix lost to Pittsburgh in regulation, 2-1.
Richard Bachman will start in goal for the Stars.
Injuries: LW Toby Petersen (personal), LW Jake Dowell (finger) and LW Brenden Morrow (neck/back) are out.
About the Canucks
The Canucks (41-17-8) lost 5-3 to Buffalo on Saturday. The Sabres scored three goals in the first 5:10 of the game, chasing Canucks starter Roberto Luongo from the game.
“It was a bad start,” Luongo said. “I got to be better than that for my teammates. The boys battled hard to try and come back, and played a pretty good match so obviously I'll take the responsibility for this one.”
The Canucks are 1-1-2 over their last four games.
Injuries: D Keith Ballard (concussion), LW Andrew Ebbett (collarbone) and LW Aaron Volpatti (shoulder) are out.
*This is the second of four meetings between the two teams.
*The Stars won the first meeting, defeating the Canucks 3-2 (OT) in Dallas on February 26.
*The Stars haven’t won in Vancouver since Jan. 4, 2009, dropping five straight games since then (0-4-1).
*The Stars have won four straight on the road and are 5-1-2 in their last eight road games.
*The Canucks are 7-1-1 in their last nine home games.
*The Stars have allowed 10 goals over the last 7 games (1.43 per game).
*The Stars are 20-21 (95.2%) on the penalty kill over the last seven games.
*The Canucks are 1-18 (5.6%) on the power play over the last seven games.
*Stars forward Michael Ryder is on a four-game goal scoring streak has 10 goals in his last 15 games.
*Stars forward Loui Eriksson has 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists) in his last 13 games.