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StarPoints For 3/6 vs Pittsburgh

Friday, 03.05.2010 / 8:00 PM / News
By Travis Betts  - DallasStars.com
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StarPoints For 3\/6 vs Pittsburgh

Dallas Stars (28-23-12) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (38-22-4)
12:00PM CT - Mellon Arena
Television - FOX Sports Southwest
Radio - Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket


1.)  Saturday’s game is the only matchup of the 2009-10 season between Dallas and Pittsburgh. Since the 2004-05 lockout season, the Stars are 0-2-1 against the Penguins. The game will be broadcast in the metroplex on Fox Sports Southwest at noon, the earliest start time for a Stars game this season. Saturday’s game is the first on a road trip against three Eastern Conference powerhouse teams – Pittsburgh, Washington (March 8) and Buffalo (March 10).
 

2.)  New Stars’ goaltender Kari Lehtonen is scheduled to make his first start as a Dallas Star on Saturday. Lehtonen played 38:10 against St. Louis on Thursday in relief of Marty Turco, stopping 14 of the 16 shots he faced. In 204 NHL games before coming to Dallas in a trade last month, the 6-4, 215-pound backstop went 94-83-17, all with the Atlanta Thrashers.

3.)  Stars’ center Mike Ribeiro has four goals and two assists in his first five games since coming off Injured Reserve. Ribeiro, who missed 15 games after suffering a throat contusion on Jan. 6 at the New York Rangers, has been the Stars’ leading scorer each of the past three seasons, scoring almost a point per game since coming to Dallas in 2006. The only other players in franchise history to lead the team outright in scoring for three consecutive seasons are Dennis Hextall (1972-75) and Mike Modano (1991-94, 1998-2003).
 
4.)  Players to watch: Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin form the best one-two center combination in the league. Crosby is third in the league with 80 points (42-38-80), and Malkin is 11th with 67 (22-45-67). At age 21 last season, Crosby became the youngest captain in NHL history to win a Stanley Cup, and he scored the winning goal for Team Canada in Sunday’s gold medal game against Team USA. Malkin is the reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner (MVP of the playoffs), scoring 36 points in 22 postseason games in 2009.
 
5.)  It will be Pittsburgh’s first game with left wing Alex Ponikarovsky, who had to obtain a work visa after being traded to the Penguins from Toronto at the trade deadline. The 29-year-old Ukrainian scored 41 points (19-22-41) in 61 games with the Maple Leafs this season, and while that stat line might not jump off the page, especially next to that of his new teammates Crosby and Malkin, he is definitely a top-6 caliber forward who has a chance to make a big impact with his new club.

















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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 46 28 24 1 52
J. Benn 46 13 27 -3 40
J. Spezza 46 8 26 -4 34
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 46 1 22 6 23
A. Roussel 46 11 11 -2 22
T. Daley 43 11 10 -9 21
C. Eakin 43 9 12 6 21
A. Hemsky 43 7 11 -5 18
J. Klingberg 32 6 12 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 19 10 7 .904 2.98
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
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