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StarGazing - February 29th vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Wednesday, 02.29.2012 / 11:07 AM / News
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StarGazing - February 29th vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

WEDNESDAY’S GAME:
Dallas Stars (33-26-4, 70 points – 8th, Western Conference)
vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (36-21-5, 86 points –  4th, Eastern Conference)
6:30 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center

BROADCAST INFO:
NBC Sports Network (formerly VERSUS) and Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket

ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:
Overall: 57-63-13
Home: 38-22-7
Road: 19-41-6
This Season: 0-1-0
11/11/11 – at Pittsburgh, 1-3 L
2/29/12 – vs. Pittsburgh

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. The Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins faceoff for their second and final meeting of the season on Tuesday night. The Stars lost the first contest against the Penguins 3-1 in mid-November and have a 1-5-1 record against them over the last seven games.

2.
Dallas enters Wednesday’s contest riding a four-game winning streak (MTL, CHI, MIN, VAN). In that four game span, Dallas has outscored the opposition 13-4 and have jumped from 10th in the Western Conference to the eighth and final playoff spot. During this four-game winning streak, the Stars have outscored the opposition 8-1 from the third period on, winning two of those games despite the fact that they trailed after two periods.

3.
For just the fourth time in franchise history, the Stars are slated to play a game on Feb. 29 (Leap Year). The Stars have never won a game in regulation on this date, earning a 1-1-1 record in the previous three games (win was in overtime). The Stars previously played on this date in 2004 against Edmonton (1-0 W*), 1992 against Hartford (4-5 L*) and in 1984 against St. Louis (5-7 L).

4.
James Neal and Matt Niskanen are scheduled to play in Dallas for the first time since being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Alex Goligoski on Feb. 21, 2011. In 75 games since the trade, Goligoski has accumulated 13 goals and earned 28 assists (41 points).

5.
Sheldon Souray, Mike Ribeiro, and Michael Ryder combined for 14 points against the Penguins on Jan. 10, 2004 when each of the three players were Montreal Canadiens. Ribeiro (1-3-4), Souray (1-5-6) and Ryder (2-2-4) all had multi-point games.


WHO TO WATCH:

MIKE RIBEIRO
is currently on a seven-game point streak (3-7-10). It’s the longest streak any Star has had this season.

KARI LEHTONEN
was named the NHL’s “Third Star of the Week” for his impressive play last week. Lehtonen went 3-0-0 and registered a .965 SV% a 0.98 GAA with one shutout.

STEVE OTT
has earned a point in three straight games against the Penguins (1-2-3).




 








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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 47 28 25 2 53
J. Benn 47 14 28 -2 42
J. Spezza 47 8 27 -4 35
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 47 1 22 6 23
A. Roussel 47 11 11 -3 22
T. Daley 44 11 10 -9 21
C. Eakin 44 9 12 5 21
A. Hemsky 44 7 11 -6 18
J. Klingberg 33 6 12 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 19 11 7 .903 2.99
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
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