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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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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 8 5 7 7 12
J. Spezza 8 4 5 0 9
C. Eakin 8 0 7 3 7
A. Goligoski 8 3 2 -3 5
P. Eaves 7 2 3 3 5
P. Sharp 8 3 1 2 4
R. Faksa 8 2 2 2 4
J. Klingberg 8 1 3 -2 4
A. Hemsky 8 1 3 2 4
M. Janmark 7 1 3 0 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 4 1 0 .906 2.45
A. Niemi 1 2 2 .892 2.73
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