Stars-Wild Preview

March, 12, 2012
3/12/12
11:05
PM CT
Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild
Tuesday, March 13
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (38-26-5) ran their winning streak to five games and their points streak to ten (9-0-1) with a 2-0 victory over Anaheim Saturday night. Kari Lehtonen stopped 21 shots for his third shutout of the season.

“Yeah, it’s been fun,” Lehtonen said. “We were not doing well a month ago and then everybody started playing better. We started getting wins. With every win, it gets more exciting.”

Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars Tuesday.

The Stars recalled D Jordie Benn from Texas (AHL) on Monday.

Injuries: LW Jake Dowell (illness) and RW Radek Dvorak (ankle) are questionable. D Sheldon Souray (lower body) is doubtful.

About the Wild

The Wild (29-30-10) are coming off a 4-3 home loss to Calgary on Sunday. It was the sixth loss in the last seven games for the Wild (1-5-1) and dropped them below .500 for the first time this season. Minnesota was outshot 13-5 in the first period and fell behind the Flames early.

“It’s a little bit maddening. We owe our fans a good game here,” said Wild coach Mike Yeo. “Too many games in a row we’ve come out flat in our own building. We had a lot of guys going, but we didn’t have everybody. … We’re going to play guys that want to play hard.”

Matt Hackett is expected to start in goal for the Wild on Tuesday.

Injuries: F Cal Clutterbuck (illness) is questionable. G Niklas Backstrom (lower body), LW Guillaume Latendresse (concussion), RW Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion), D Mike Lundin (lower body), C Mikko Koivu (shoulder) and D Justin Falk (lower body) are out

Series notes

*This is the fourth and final meeting between the two teams this season.

*The Stars are 2-1-0 in the season series.

*The Wild are 1-1-1 in the season series.

*January 21, at Minnesota: Wild 5, Stars 2
*February 4, at Dallas: Stars 2, Wild 1 (SO)
*February 24, at Dallas: Stars 4, Wild 1

Statistical tidbits

*Excluding goals awarded for shootout wins, the Stars have outscored their opposition 31-15 over the last ten games.

*The Stars have won five straight on the road.

*Minnesota has lost three straight at home.

*Dallas is 30-31 (96.8%) on the penalty kill over the last ten games.

*The Stars have not allowed a five-on-four power play goal over the last ten games.

*Minnesota is 0-17 on the power play over the last seven games.

*The Wild have been shutout in three of their last seven games.

*Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen is 7-0-1 in his last eight starts with a 1.45 goals against average, .950 save percentage and two shutouts.

*Stars forward Michael Ryder is on a career-high nine-game point streak (7 goals, 4 assists). It’s the longest active scoring streak in the NHL.

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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