Stars-Predators Preview

October, 22, 2010
10/22/10
10:24
PM CT
Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars
Saturday October 23
7:00 p.m.
TV: TXA 21
Radio: KTCK

About the Stars

The Stars (5-1-0) are coming off a 4-1 win at Florida on Thursday. The Stars improved to 3-1-0 on the road this season as they bounced back from a 5-4 loss in Tampa Bay on Monday.

“It was a huge bounce back win for us,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “Our guys put their minds to start righting some of things that had been problematic for us. Attention to detail in just simple things like getting pucks deep, getting pucks to the net, not giving up outnumbered chances going the other way, staying out of the penalty box. Those were all very positive for us.”

The Stars’ third line of Tom Wandell, Steve Ott and Jamie Benn scored three of the team’s goals. Wandell scored twice, Ott tallied once and Benn chipped in three assists. Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 of 28 shots for his fifth win.

Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars for the seventh straight time this season.

Saturday’s game kicks off a six-game homestand for the Stars.

Injuries: No major injuries.

About the Predators

The Nashville Predators (3-0-3) extended their points streak to six games, but their winless streak hit three with a 4-3 overtime loss to Pittsburgh in Nashville Thursday night. The Predators have dropped three straight games that have gone to overtime. All of them have come at home.

"At home you want to get two points," Nashville defenseman Shane O'Brien told the Tennessean. "We keep picking up points here. It's obviously not what you want, but it's better than none."

Nashville is the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss so far this season.

The Predators, who played five of their first six games at home, have 12 of their next 15 games on the road.

Injuries: D Ryan Suter (leg), C Matthew Lombardi (concussion) and C Marcel Goc (shoulder) are out.

Series Notes
  • This is the first of four meetings between the two teams.
  • The Stars were 2-1-1 against Nashville last season.
  • The Predators were 2-2-0 against the Stars last season.
Statistical Tidbits
  • The Stars are averaging 3.67 goals per game, tops in the league heading into Friday’s games.
  • The Stars have outscored the opposition 17-6 during five-on-five play. Their five-on-five goals for/against ratio of 2.83 is the best in the league.
  • The Stars are 0-11 on the power play in their last three games and are 2-22 on the power play for the season.
  • Nashville is 7-7 on the penalty kill over its last two games.
  • The Predators are 1-15 on the power play over their last three games.
  • Stars forward James Neal is riding a four-game goal scoring streak.
  • Nashville’s Jerred Smithson has won 46 of 66 (69.7 percent) faceoffs this season.

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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