Stars-Kings Preview

April, 1, 2011
4/01/11
11:23
PM CT
Dallas Stars at Los Angeles Kings
Saturday April 2
3:00 p.m.
TV: TXA 21
Radio: KTCK 1310 AM

About the Stars

The Stars’ winless streak hit five games (0-2-3) with a 6-0 loss in San Jose.

“It was a bit of a mess, but we still live to fight another day. We play in a couple of days and these are the big ones, Los Angeles and Anaheim. We’re running out of games. We’ve been saying we’ve got games, we’ve got points but we’re running out of them. It’s starting to be do or die.”

The Stars enter Saturday’s game five points out of the final playoff spot with one game in hand one eighth place Chicago.

Kari Lehtonen is expected to start in goal for the Stars.

Injuries: D Karlis Skrastins (leg laceration) could play. F Adam Burish (leg) is doubtful. D Nicklas Grossman (knee) and F Brian Sutherby (back) are out.

About the Kings

The Kings had a four-game winning streak snapped with a 3-1 loss at Vancouver. The Kings took a 1-0 lead, but the Canucks scored the final three goals of the game and held the Kings without a shot in the third period.

“I thought we were too tentative from the start. We had a one-goal lead, and we just didn’t go after it,” said Kings captain Dustin Brown. “We kind of sat back, and when you have a team like that [Vancouver], they’re going to shove it down your throat if you’re going to sit back and not attack. We didn’t get enough attacks from the start of the game, I thought, not just the third period.”

Jonathan Quick is expected to get the start in goal for Los Angeles.

Injuries: C Anze Kopitar (ankle), RW Justin Williams (shoulder) and LW Scott Parse (hip) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the sixth and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Kings.

*The Stars are 2-3-0 in the season series and the Kings are3-1-1.

*Thursday October 28 | at Dallas | Los Angeles 5, Dallas 2
*Thursday November 11 | at Los Angeles | Los Angeles 3, Dallas 1
*Monday January 17 | at Dallas| Dallas 2, Los Angeles 1
*Monday March 7 | at Los Angeles | Dallas 4, Los Angeles 3 (OT)
*Sunday March 13 |at Dallas | Los Angeles 3, Dallas 2

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars have scored eight goals in the last five games (1.60 per game).

*The Kings have scored 12 goals in the last seven games (1.71 per game).

*The Kings are 3-27 (11.1%) on the power play over the last eight games.

*The Kings are 44-46 (95.7%) on the penalty kill over the last 14 games.

*The Stars have been shorthanded only 14 times over the last six games and are 12-14 (85.7%) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*The Stars are 11-8-1 record this season in back-to-back games, posting a 7-2-1 record on the first day of a back-to-back set and a 4-6-0 record on the second day.

*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen has started in 17 straight games and in 27 of Dallas’ last 28 games.

*The Stars are 8-9-5 against the Pacific Division this season.

*The Kings are 10-7-2 against the Pacific Division.

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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