Stars-Panthers Preview

November, 14, 2011
11/14/11
10:45
PM CT
Florida Panthers at Dallas Stars
Tuesday November 15
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (11-5-0) are coming off a 5-2 loss at Detroit Saturday. It was their second straight loss on a road trip that saw them go 2-2-0.

“We had a great start, but that doesn’t mean we are going to go the entire season without losing games,” Stars forward Adam Burish said. “We’ve got to look at it that we can keep getting better, keep finding ways to improve and keep finding ways to make our team better. This was about as hard a road trip as you are going to go on and we were 2-2. That’ OK. I don’t think anyone is throwing a party over it, but 2-2 is respectable.”

Kari Lehtonen will start in goal Tuesday.

Injuries: F Steve Ott (hip) is questionable. D Alex Goligoski (hand) is out.

About the Panthers

The Panthers (8-5-3) had a six-game points streak snapped with a 3-2 regulation loss to Philadelphia on Sunday in Sunrise, Florida.

"I don't think our will to compete was that strong tonight, a big difference-maker for us.
Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. “Those things are really noticeable when you get on the power play.”

Florida was 0-7 on the power play in the game.

Jose Theodore is the likely starter in goal for the Panthers.

Injuries: RW Jack Skille (lower body) is questionable. RW Mikael Samuelsson (lower body) and RW Scottie Upshall (lower body) are out.

Series notes

*This is the only meeting between the two teams this season.

*The Stars won last season’s only meeting, 4-1 at Florida.

*The Stars are 11-7-6 all-time against Florida.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars .857 points percentage at home (6-1-0) is the best in the NHL.

*Florida’s six road wins (6-3-0) are tied for the league lead.

*The Stars have scored on the power play in six of the last eight games and are 8-28 (28.6%) on the PP during that stretch.

*The Panthers lead the NHL with 10 power play goals on the road and rank 6th in the lead in road power play percentage (24.4).

*The Panthers have a league-high 48 points (9 goals, 39 assists) from defensemen this season.

*Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen has a 13-5-4 record against Florida with a 2.36 GAA and a .928 save percentage.

*Stars captain Brenden Morrow is one point shy of 500 for his career.

*Florida center C Stephen Weiss is set to play in his 574th game as a Panther, putting him second on the list of most games played in franchise history. The franchise leader is current Dallas Star Radek Dvorak with 613.


Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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