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Stars-Coyotes Preview

2/7/2012

Phoenix Coyotes at Dallas Stars

Tuesday February 7

7:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (27-22-2) are coming off a 2-1 shootout victory over the Minnesota Wild Saturday night. The win cut the Wild’s lead over the Stars for the final playoff spot in the West from three points to two points.

“We would have liked to have picked up two points on them, but we closed the gap and that’s what we’re trying to do,” said Stars forward Eric Nystrom. “There’s a lot of hockey left.”

Kari Lehtonen stopped 33 of 34 shots in the game and two of three in the shootout. The Stars scored on the power play for the third consecutive game and are 3-7 on the PP since the All-Star break.

The Stars are 2-1-0 since the All-Star break and have won three of their last four games.

The Stars on Monday assigned defenseman Adam Pardy to the Texas Stars (AHL) on a conditioning assignment.

Injuries: Brenden Morrow (neck/shoulder) is out.

About the Coyotes

The Coyotes (24-21-8) followed up a 5-3 win over San Jose on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Detroit on Monday. It pulled the Coyotes into 10th place in the West, two points out of the final playoff spot.

“It’s huge (beating San Jose and Detroit in consecutive games). To be the best you’ve got to beat the best,” said Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith. “We’re going to have to beat teams ahead of us to get into the playoffs. We’ve got to find ways to get wins right now, and that’s obviously a huge one for our team.”

The Coyotes are 2-1-0 since the All-Star break and have won three of their last four games.

Injuries: D David Schlemko (foot) is out.

Series notes

*This is the third of six meetings between the Stars and Coyotes this season.

*Dallas is 2-1-0 in the season series.

*Phoenix is 1-0-2 in the season series.

Statistical Matchup

Statistical matchup between the Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes