Sunday, November 28, 2010
By Mark Stepneski
Dallas Stars at Carolina Hurricanes
Monday November 29
About the Stars
The Stars won their third straight game and improved to 5-1-1 in their last seven games with a 2-1 win in St. Louis Saturday night. It completed a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Blues and in both games the Stars rallied in the third period to win the game. Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves in Saturday’s game and Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson scored third period goal as the Stars overcame a 1-0 deficit.
“Our goalie played well in that first period, especially. I thought our best period was the last one and that’s what we needed it to be,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “For our club, probably the most gratifying thing for this victory is that we had contributions from a lot of people tonight.”
The Stars have won two straight on the road, both by 2-1 scores.
Lehtonen will likely start in goal Monday.
Injuries: RW Krys Barch (foot) and D Mark Fistric (groin) are out.
About the Hurricanes
The Hurricanes are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss in Washington on Sunday. Carolina fell behind 2-0 in the first period but rallied to tie the game and force overtime. Cam Ward made 38 saves and Erik Cole and Erik Staal scored for the Hurricanes.
“The first period wasn’t our best. We came out a little sluggish,” said Staal. “But we got our legs in the second, battled back against a good team and managed to point out it. But it would have been nice to get a win.”
Three of the Hurricanes’ last five games have gone to a shootout, and they’ve come up short in each one.
Injuries: No significant injuries.
- This is the first of two meetings between the Stars and Hurricanes this season.
- The teams played twice last season, with each team winning on home ice.
- The Stars are 1-6-1 in their last eight games at Carolina.
- The Stars have allowed four goals in their last three games and just two in their last two road games.
- Carolina has scored 43 goals over the last 12 games (3.58 per game) with 16 different players finding the back of the net.
- The Stars are 6-6 on the penalty kill over their last four games.
- The Stars have only been shorthanded a total of six times in the last four games. In the five games before that they were shorthanded an average of five times per game.
- The Hurricanes are 11-12 on the penalty kill over the last four games.
- Stars center Brad Richards has 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) over the last 8 games and currently ranks 6th in NHL points with 28.
- Carolina forward Jeff Skinner is the youngest player in the NHL and leads the league in rookie scoring with 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists).