Stars-Canucks Preview

February, 25, 2012
2/25/12
10:51
PM CT
Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars
Sunday February 26
2:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

After a big win in Chicago Thursday night, the Stars (32-26-4) returned home to defeat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 Friday night. It extended the Stars’ winning streak to three games and it was the first time this season they’ve won the second game of a back-to-back set.

“It’s about time we got that one, and it’s a really two big points for us again,” said Stars forward Loui Eriksson. “I thought it was a good game, it was nice to have the lead for once and I thought we protected it pretty good, and Kari (Lehtonen) played real well for us today, too, so it was a good win.”

The three-game winning streak was the first for Dallas since the middle of December.

Lehtonen, who stopped 28 of 29 shots on Friday, is expected to start in goal for the Stars on Sunday.

Injuries: D Philip Larsen (head) is probable. C Jamie Benn (leg), C Jake Dowell (finger) and LW Brenden Morrow (neck/shoulder) are out.

About the Canucks

After ending Detroit’s 23-game home winning streak on Thursday, the Canucks (40-16-6) won 2-1 at New Jersey on Friday. Corey Schneider stopped 30 shots in a game where the Canucks were outshot 31-16.

“That's the reason you have two goalies and two goalies you can trust,” Schneider said. “For me, I know the rest of team is tired, but I'm fresh. I might have that extra jump in a game like this for our guys so it's a situation I take a lot of pride in and want to be the difference-maker.”

The victory moved the Canucks to the top of the Western Conference standings.

The Canucks are 3-1-0 in the first four games of their current six-game road trip.

Injuries: D Keith Ballard (concussion), LW Andrew Ebbett (collarbone) and LW Aaron Volpatti (shoulder) are out.

Series notes

*This is the first of four meetings between the two teams.

*The Canucks won all four meetings last season, outscoring the Stars 20-5.

* The Stars are 77-64-25 all-time against Vancouver.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have outscored their opponents 10-2 during their three-game winning streak.

*The Stars haven’t won four straight games since October 29-November 8.

*The Stars are 7-5-2 since the All-Star break.

*The Canucks are 10-1-2 since the break.

*The Canucks have one regulation loss in their last 16 games (12-1-3).

*The Canucks lead the NHL in road wins with 22.

*The Stars are 0-4 on the power play over the last four games.

*The Canucks are 0-7 on the power play over the last three games.

*The Stars are 17-19 (89.5%) on the penalty kill over the last six games.

*The Canucks are 21-22 (95.5%) on the penalty kill over the last nine games.

*The Stars are 19-0-1 when leading after two periods this season.

*The Canucks are 26-0-0 when leading after two periods.

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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