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StarGazing - February 26th vs. Vancouver Canucks

Sunday, 02.26.2012 / 9:30 AM CT / News
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StarGazing - February 26th vs. Vancouver Canucks

SUNDAY’S GAME:
Dallas Stars (32-26-4, 68 points – 8th, Western Conference)
vs. Vancouver Canucks (40-16-6, 86 points –  1st, Western Conference)
2 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center

BROADCAST INFO:
FOX Sports Southwest and Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket

ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. VANCOUVER CANUCKS:
Overall: 77-64-25
Home: 44-27-12
Road: 33-37-13
This Season: 0-0-0
2/26/12 – vs. Vancouver
3/6/12 – at Vancouver
3/22/12 – vs. Vancouver
3/30/12 – at Vancouver

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. The Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks meet for the first time this season on Sunday afternoon. Dallas went 0-4-0 against Vancouver last season and have lost six consecutive games to them.

2.
The Stars enter Sunday’s contest riding a three-game winning streak (MTL, CHI, MIN). In that three game span, Dallas has outscored the opposition 10-2 and have jumped from 10th in the Western Conference to the eighth and final playoff spot. If the playoffs started today, the Stars would faceoff against the Canucks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

3.
Dallas has not lost a game in regulation this season against teams based in Canada (5-0-1). They have also won seven of their 10 contests against Northwest Division opponents (7-3-0 record).

4.
Twenty games remain in the regular season for the Dallas Stars. Ten of those games will occur on the road, while the other 10 will be played at home. They have two back-to-back sets remaining (MIN/WPG) (VAN/SJ), as well as 12 games against teams that are currently in a playoff position. Dallas has two more regulation/OT wins than the Pacific Division-leading San Jose Sharks.

5.
The Stars and Canucks are two of four Western Conference clubs that have not lost a game in regulation when leading after two periods this season. Vancouver has a 26-0-0 record while Dallas has a 19-0-1 record when leading after two. In fact, the Stars have not lost a game in regulation when leading after the first two periods since Oct. 31, 2009 when they lost to the Nashville Predators (60-0-6 record since then).



WHO TO WATCH:

MIKE RIBEIRO
is currently on a six-game point streak (2-6-8).

KARI LEHTONEN
has a 6-4-2 record with a .928 save percentage, a 2.06 goals against average with one shutout since the All-Star Break. He has allowed just one goal in his last two games, stopping 59 of 60 shots in that span.

TOBY PETERSEN
has earned one assist and three shots in the last three games. He was recently voted the 15th nicest player in the league in a Sports Illustrated NHL player’s poll as well as the third nicest American-born hockey player.




 








SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 13 5 10 2 15
J. Spezza 13 5 8 0 13
C. Eakin 13 1 7 -4 8
A. Goligoski 13 4 3 -6 7
P. Sharp 13 4 2 -4 6
P. Eaves 9 3 3 3 6
R. Faksa 13 3 2 2 5
M. Janmark 12 2 3 -3 5
C. Sceviour 11 2 3 1 5
J. Klingberg 13 1 3 -5 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 6 3 0 .899 2.81
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .865 3.29
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