StarGazing - November 28th vs Colorado
Monday, 11.28.2011 / 10:10 AM CT / News
Dallas Stars (13-9-1, 27 points – T1st, Pacific Division)
at Colorado Avalanche (10-12-1, 21 points – 4th, Northwest Division)
8 p.m. CT at Pepsi Center
ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. COLORADO AVALANCHE:
This Season: 1-1-0
11/4/11- vs. Colorado, W 7-6*
11/18/11 – at Colorado, L 0-3
11/28/11 – at Colorado (8 p.m. CT)
1/14/12 – vs. Colorado (2 p.m. CT)
BROADCAST INFO: Fox Sports Southwest and Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:
1. The Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche meet for their third of four contests this season. The Stars won the first game in the season series 7-6 in overtime before being shutout by Colorado 3-0 in the second game of the series. Dallas has earned points in four of their last five games against Colorado earning a 3-1-1 record in that span.
2. The Dallas Stars announced Sunday morning that the club placed goaltender Kari Lehtonen on injured reserve and recalled goaltender Richard Bachman as well as forward Francis Wathier from the Texas Stars, Dallas’ primary affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). There are now four players on injured reserve: Kari Lehtonen (retroactive to Nov. 26) is out with a groin injury, Brenden Morrow (retroactive to Nov. 25) is out with an upper body injury, Alex Goligoski (retroactive to Nov. 14) is out with a broken thumb, and Adam Burish (retroactive to Nov. 17) is out with a broken hand. Vernon Fiddler is unlikely for Monday’s game while Trevor Daley is listed as day-to-day. So far the Stars have missed 31 games due to injury this season.
3. Dallas’ power play has gone 0-16 in the last seven games. The last Star to score on the power play was Loui Eriksson, who scored against the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 12. The power play against Colorado has been effective this season, scoring on three of their seven opportunities against them (42.9%).
4. The Stars are the only team in the Western Conference and one of four NHL clubs overall that have not allowed a shorthanded goal this season (BOS, NYI, NYR others). Dallas’ 15 shorthanded goals against last season were the second most allowed in the NHL. Only the Tampa Bay Lightning, who allowed 16 shorthanded goals, gave up more goals than Dallas.
5. The Stars are three points away from earning their 3,500th point in the standings. When they earn their 3,500th point, the Stars will be the 10th club in NHL history to accomplish that feat. They will also be the third of five teams that entered the league in 1967-68 to reach 3,500.
WHO TO WATCH:
ANDREW RAYCROFT will be starting his first game that hasn’t occurred on the second night of a back-to-back since Feb. 19, 2011 (VAN). Raycroft is looking for his first win since Jan. 9, 2011 when he shutout the Minnesota Wild. Raycroft’s best month as a Star came last December, when the veteran netminder posted a 5-2-0 record with a 2.42 GAA and a .923 SV% - Kari Lehtonen was out with an injury for four of those contests.
JAMIE BENN has earned points in three of his last four games against the Colorado Avalanche (0-6-6). Dallas has a 4-1-0 record against Colorado when he records a point against them.
RADEK DVORAK has registered points in three of his last four games (2-2-4).