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StarGazing - February 29th vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Wednesday, 02.29.2012 / 10:07 AM CT / 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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
11 DAL 75 36 29 10 232 240 82
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 75 27 44 -6 71
T. Seguin 65 33 34 -3 67
J. Spezza 75 16 40 -4 56
J. Klingberg 58 10 27 5 37
C. Eakin 71 17 17 -4 34
A. Goligoski 75 4 30 -1 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
A. Hemsky 69 11 21 -7 32
S. Horcoff 71 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 73 12 14 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 33 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
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