Stars-Coyotes Preview

February, 8, 2011
2/08/11
11:22
PM CT
Phoenix Coyotes at Dallas Stars
Wednesday February 9
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK

About the Stars

The Stars lost 3-1 at Philadelphia Saturday. It was their third straight loss and their fifth in the last six games (1-5-0).

“We hope [it’s a step forward]. We will see on Wednesday,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow. “Right now, we just lost a game 3-1. We are disappointed with that. It feels like a loss right now. [Coach Marc Crawford] came in and told us we had a great effort, but I don’t think any of us are really happy with the result.”

Kari Lehtonen will start in goal Wednesday.

Injuries: F Tom Wandell (shoulder) is probable. F Adam Burish (orbital bone), F Krys Barch (orbital bone), F Ray Sawada (shoulder), F Jamie Benn (shoulder) and F Toby Petersen (leg) are out.

About the Coyotes

The Coyotes won 3-0 over Colorado Monday. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 26 shots for his second straight shutout.

"Bryz has been solid and when he's had to make big saves, he has, but we've been more committed in front of him, playing stronger defense,” said Phoenix coach Dave Tippett.

The victory gave Phoenix 63 points, just two behind Pacific Division leading Dallas.

Injuries: D Ed Jovanovski (upper body) and C Vernon Fiddler (upper body) are questionable. D David Schlemko (head) is out.

Series Notes

*This is the fourth of six meetings between the two teams.

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

*Friday November 5 |at Dallas | Dallas 6, Phoenix 3

Saturday December 11 | at Phoenix | Phoenix 5, Dallas 2

Sunday December 26 | at Dallas | Phoenix 1, Dallas 0

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars have been outscored 28-13 over their last six games (1-5-0).

*The Stars are 1-21 on the power play over their last six games.

*Phoenix is 9-9 on the penalty kill over the last three games and 14-15 over the last five.

*The Stars are 7-7 on the penalty kill over the last two games.

*Phoenix has scored on the power play in seven of the last nine games and is 7-32 (21.9 percent) on the PP during that stretch.

*Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has record two straight shutouts and has three shutouts in his last eight starts.

*Stars captain Brenden Morrow has 10 goals over the last 15 games.

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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