Sunday, November 21, 2010
Stars-Maple Leafs Preview
By Mark Stepneski
Dallas Stars at Toronto Maple Leafs
Monday November 22
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
About the Stars
The Stars (10-7-1) are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to Colorado on Saturday. The Stars overcame a 3-0 deficit to get the game to overtime and to pick up one point.
“When you have a team that doesn’t quit you are always going to be in games,” said Stars forward Steve Ott. “We find a way to scratch and claw and rip some skin apart and get in there, and we definitely did that again tonight. We made a pretty good game out of it and got a huge point.”
The loss snapped a five-game home winning streak for the Stars.
Dallas plays four of its next five games on the road, where it has lost three straight and four of the last five.
Injuries: No major injuries.
About the Maple Leafs
The Leafs (7-9-3) are coming off a 2-0 loss to the Canadiens in Montreal Saturday night. Jonas Gustavsson, playing for the injured J-S Giguere, stopped 36 shots for Toronto.
"It's a shame that we couldn't get a couple of goals for him and give him a little bit more support, but Monster was tremendous tonight," Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek said.
After starting the season 4-0-0, the Leafs are 3-9-3 in their 15 games since then.
Injuries: G J-S Giguere (groin), D Dion Phaneuf (leg) and F Colby Armstrong (finger/foot) are out.
- This is the first and only meeting between the Stars and Maple Leafs this season.
- The Stars won last season’s meeting, topping the Leafs 4-3 in Dallas.
- The Stars have won the last four games against Toronto.
- The Stars have scored three goals in their last three road games, all losses.
- The Maple Leafs have been shut out four times in their last 11 games.
- The Stars have allowed six power play goals in their last five games and are 20-26 (76.9%) on the penalty kill during that stretch.
- Toronto is 7-19 on the power play over the last four games.
- The Stars have scored on the power play in three straight games (3-14).
- The Maple Leafs have allowed multiple power play goals in four of their last nine games.