Stars-Kings Preview

February, 11, 2012
2/11/12
10:53
PM CT
Los Angeles Kings at Dallas Stars
Sunday February 12
5:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (28-23-3) are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss at Buffalo Friday night. The Stars had a 2-0 lead in the third but Buffalo rallied to tie, scoring with 38.3 seconds left in regulation, and then took the extra point in the shootout.

“It’s always tough when you have the lead and the other team scores late,” said Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 30 of 32 shots. “If we ended up tying it and then losing it, I think we’d feel a little better than this way. But it’s still a good point against a team that had a huge win a couple of nights ago, and we played last night.”

The Stars picked up three of a possible four points on their two-game road trip.

Injuries: C Vernon Fiddler (foot/ankle) and D Sheldon Souray (foot) are questionable. LW Brenden Morrow (neck/shoulder) is out.

About the Kings

The Kings (26-19-11) lost 2-1 in overtime at the New York Islanders on Saturday. The Kings fell to 1-3-1 on their current road trip and have scored six goals in the five games.

"We’ve got to find ways to score," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "Our goalies have been good all year. We’ve got to find ways to score two goals. If we score two goals, we win the game. We had more chances, more opportunities than them.”

The Kings conclude their six-game road road trip Sunday in Dallas.

Injuries: C Jarret Stoll (lower body), LW Simon Gagne (concussion) and LW Scott Parse (hip) are out.

Series notes

*This is the sixth and final meeting between the two teams.

*The Stars are 3-2-0 in the season series.

*The Kings are 2-1-2 in the season series.

*October 22, at Los Angeles: Kings 1, Stars 0
October 27, at Dallas: Kings 5, Stars 3
November 23, at Dallas: Stars 3, Kings 2 (OT)
December 10, at Los Angeles: Stars 2, Kings 1
January 12, at Los Angeles: Stars 5, Kings 4 (SO)

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have scored two goals or fewer in 10 of their last 12 games, including four of six since the All-Star break.

*The Kings have scored two goals or fewer in eight of their last 11 games, including four of six since the All-Star break.

*Not including shootout goals, the Stars have scored one goal in each of their last four games and in five of their last six at home.

*The Kings have scored one goal or fewer in four of the games on their current road trip.

*The Stars are 15-15 on the penalty kill over their last five home games and 24-25 over their ten home games.

*The Kings are 11-11 on the penalty kill in the first five games of their current road trip and 14-14 on the penalty kill in their last six games overall.

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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