Stars-Coyotes Preview

November, 4, 2010
11/04/10
11:05
PM CT
Phoenix Coyotes at Dallas Stars
Friday November 5
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK

About the Stars

The Stars (7-4-0) won their second straight game, defeating Pittsburgh 5-2 at American Airlines Center Wednesday night. Loui Eriksson had two goals and an assist for the Stars.

“It was another really strong outing for us and I think things are going in the right direction,” Stars coach Marc Crawford said. “You build confidence when you get results and right now our results are very positive. I thought we carried the play, we generated a lot of chances and we had some superb performances.”

This is the last of six straight games at home for the Stars, who are 2-3-0 in the first five.

Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 21 of 23 shots on Wednesday, will start in goal for Dallas on Friday.

Injuries: None.

About Coyotes

The Coyotes (4-4-3) rallied for a 4-3 win over Nashville in Glendale Wednesday night. Defenseman Ed Jovanovski scored three goals, including the game-winner at 5:38 of the third period.

“It was nice to get the win and nice to contribute offensively,” said Jovanovski. “We have forwards who can score, but we are encouraged to jump up into the play and I guess I had a little puck luck tonight.”

Phoenix trailed 3-2 going into the third period and scored twice on the power play in the third, marking the first time this season they’ve scored more than once on the power play in a game.

Ilya Bryzgalov is expected to start in goal for the Coyotes on Friday.

Injuries: D Kurt Sauer (head) is out.

Series Notes
  • This is the first of six meetings between the Stars and Coyotes
  • The Stars were 2-3-1 against Phoenix last season.
  • The Coyotes were 4-2-0 against the Stars.
Statistical Tidbits
  • The Coyotes, who were 19-6 in games that went beyond regulation last season (14-5 in shootouts and 5-1 in overtime), are 0-3 in games that have gone beyond regulation this season. All three losses have come in overtime.
  • The Stars, who were 9-14 in games that went beyond regulation last season (7-10 in shootouts and 2-4 in overtime), are 3-0 in games that have gone beyond regulation this season. They are 2-0 in shootouts and 1-0 in overtime.
  • The Stars have scored four or more goals in seven of their eleven games this season.
  • The Stars have outshot their opponents 169-131 over the last five games.
  • The Stars are 15-17 on the penalty kill over the last six games.
  • Phoenix has allowed at least one power play goal in five of the last six games.
  • Stars RW Loui Eriksson is riding a four-game points streak (3 goals, 3 assists).
  • Stars center Brad Richards is riding a four-game points streak (2 goals, 3 assists).
  • Phoenix captain Shane Doan has yet to score a goal in eight games played 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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