StarGazing - January 16th vs. St. Louis Blues
Monday, 01.16.2012 / 1:52 PM CT / News
Dallas Stars (24-18-1, 49 points – 3rd, Pacific Division)
at St. Louis Blues (26-12-6, 58 points – 1st, Central Division)
6:30 p.m. CT at Scottrade Center
NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) and Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket.
ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. ST. LOUIS BLUES:
This Season: 1-1-0
10/13/11 – vs. St. Louis, 3-2 W
12/26/11 - @ St. Louis, 3-5 L
1/16/12 - @ St. Louis
4/7/12 – vs. St. Louis
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:
1. The Dallas Stars meet for their third of four contests against the St. Louis Blues on Monday night. Dallas has a 1-1-0 record against the Blues this season and have won five of their last six games against them overall. Four of those six victories were by one goal.
2. The Stars have 99 all-time victories against the St. Louis Blues and are looking to win their 100th game against them. The Stars franchise has more victories only against the Los Angeles Kings (102) and the Detroit Red Wings (101).
3. In their first 21 games of the season, Dallas gave the opposition 102 power play opportunities. Since Nov. 25, 2011 (a span of 22 games), the Stars have been shorthanded just 65 times. In other words, the Stars gave the opposition over three power plays 18 times in the first 21 games. In Dallas’ last 22 contests, they have been shorthanded over three times on five separate occasions.
4. The Dallas Stars are one of five NHL clubs and the only team in the Pacific Division that have not lost a game when leading after two periods (12-0-0 record). In fact, The Stars have not lost a game in regulation when leading after two since Oct. 31, 2009 (against Nashville). Since then, the Stars have compiled a 53-0-5 record.
5. Dallas’ game against St. Louis on Monday is the first of a back-to-back set that sees them playing Detroit on Tuesday. The Stars have an overall record of 3-8-1 in back-to-back games with a 3-2-1 record on the first day. Dallas has not won a game on the second day this season, going 0-6-0.
WHO TO WATCH:
LOUI ERIKSSON’s four penalty minutes this season are the fewest among the top-50 of NHL scorers. However, Eriksson has eight career penalty minutes against the St. Louis Blues – the only teams he has more penalty minutes against are the Anaheim Ducks and L.A. Kings (both 10 PIM).
TOM WANDELL has points in five of his last seven games (1-5-6) and has had over 15 minutes of time-on-ice per game in each of his last three contests. He did not have a single 15 minute game this season prior to this stretch.
KARI LEHTONEN has never allowed over two goals against the St. Louis Blues (9 games played). In his career, Lehtonen has earned a 7-1-0 record with a 1.72 goals against average (GAA) and a .944 save perventage (SV%). He has a higher SV% only against the Chicago Blackhawks (.947) and the Winnipeg Jets (.967).