StarGazing - December 13th vs NY Rangers
Tuesday, 12.13.2011 / 2:07 PM CT / News
Dallas Stars (16-11-1, 33 pts. – T1st in Pacific Division)
at New York Rangers (16-4-4, 36 pts. –2nd in Atlantic Division)
7p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT at Madison Square Garden
ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. NEW YORK RANGERS:
SEASON SERIES: 0-0-0
at New York Rangers, 12/13/11
BROADCAST INFO: TXA 21 and Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:
1. The Dallas Stars and New York Rangers meet up for their first and only contest of the season on Tuesday night. Dallas has earned points in four of the last five games against the Rangers going 3-1-1 in that span. Three of those games have been decided by one goal, with Dallas earning a 2-0-1 record in those games.
2. Dallas will play their third contest of the five game trip on Tuesday night. On the trip, the Stars face the San Jose Sharks (L), the Los Angeles Kings (W), the New York Rangers, the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils. The entire trip is over 5,500 miles, including a West Coast to East Coast swing that encompasses over 2,400 miles (and a total flight time of 4 hours, 50 minutes). The last time the Stars went from the Pacific Time zone to the Eastern Time zone on the same trip was during the 2009-10 season when Dallas flew from Los Angeles to Raleigh on a five-game trip.
3. This is will be Dallas’ first visit to Madison Square Garden since January 6, 2010 and just their fourth visit to the Big Apple since the lost lockout season (2004-05). In that same span, the Stars have met up with their division rival the Los Angeles Kings (whom they played on Saturday night) at Staples Center 20 times.
4. The Dallas Stars play against Brad Richards for the first time since he signed with the New York Rangers. Richards spent four seasons with the Stars, compiling 70 goals and 157 assists (227 points) in 220 games with the club. This season he has 10 goals, 14 assists totaling 24 points with the Rangers. By comparison, Dallas’ six free agent acquisitions this summer have amassed 19 goals and 37 assists (56 points) with the Stars.
5. Dallas has converted on three of 15 power play opportunities in their past four games (20%). In that same span, they have killed of nine of 10 opposition power plays (90%).
WHO TO WATCH:
LOUI ERIKSSON is scheduled to play in his 400th career NHL game on Tuesday night against the New York Rangers. Eriksson will become the 64th Swedish-born player to reach 400 games played in the NHL and is the only Swedish-born Dallas Star that has played in over 375 NHL games. Ulf Dahlen, who was also born in Sweden, played 369 games with the Stars.
JAMIE BENN has five points in his last eight games (2-3-5) and has registered 39 shots his last 10 games.
MIKE RIBEIRO has points in three of his last four games (1-3-4).