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StarGazing - March 8th vs. San Jose Sharks

Wednesday, 03.7.2012 / 4:41 PM CT / News
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StarGazing - March 8th vs. San Jose Sharks

THURSDAY’S GAME:
Dallas Stars (36-26-5, 77 points – 3rd, Western Conference)
vs. San Jose Sharks (33-24-8, 74 points – 8th, Western Conference)
7:30 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center


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

Tonight's Dallas Stars game (March 6) at Vancouver will be shown on FOX Sports Southwest Plus. The Stars game will available on FSSW+ in markets carrying Mavericks, Spurs and Rockets games that night on FOX Sports Southwest and FOX Sports Houston. Fans can visit foxsportssouthwest.com for channel locations in those markets. The game also will be joined in progress on FOX Sports Southwest after the Mavericks postgame show.

Fans in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area can find Friday’s game on FOX Sports Southwest Plus on the following channels:

Time Warner Cable – Ch. 960 (requires digital cable box)
Charter Cable – Ch. 300
DirecTV – Ch. 677 (677-1 HD)
Dish Network – Ch. 444 (9514 HD)
U-Verse – Ch. 754 (1754 HD)
FIOS – Ch. 77 (577 HD)


For people outside the Dallas area, the attached link can direct them to the correct station:
http://www.foxsportssouthwest.com/pages/tvlisting_foxsportsplus/0


FOX Sports Southwest Plus is a channel used by the network to simultaneously show multiple events on two channels, giving viewers another option to follow their favorite teams.

FOX Sports Southwest Plus is available to all program providers that carry FOX Sports Southwest. Some providers carry FOX Sports Southwest Plus as a 24-hour full-time channel. Others choose to offer selected FOX Sports Southwest Plus programming and designate a local channel to show the events.

ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS VS. SAN JOSE SHARKS:
Overall: 54-39-11
Home: 23-20-8
Road: 31-19-3
This Season: 0-3-0
11/19/11 – vs. San Jose, 1-4 L
12/8/11 – @ San Jose, 2-5 L
2/2/12, @ San Jose, 2-5 L
3/8/12, vs. San Jose
3/31/12, @ San Jose
4/3/12, vs. San Jose

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. The Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks meet for the fourth time this season on Thursday night. Dallas has dropped the previous three games in the series against the Sharks and have lost their last four games against them overall. The Stars have a 7-1-2 record over their last 10 games which is the second-best record in the NHL only to Pittsburgh (8-2-0).

2. Dallas enters Thursday’s contest with a 7-0-1 record over their last eight games. They have been credited with three goals in each of the eight games (includes shootouts) and have killed off all but one opposition power play in that span (23/24, 95.8%). The Stars’ PK has gone from 21st to 10th in the NHL in that time frame.

3. Thursday’s game is the first of three that Dallas has left against the San Jose Sharks this season. As of Wednesday morning, the Stars are leading the Pacific Division with 77 points, but are only three points up on San Jose (who are the #8 seed). A win by Dallas will create a five-point cushion between them and the Sharks.

4. The Stars are off to a dramatically different run in the games following the All-Star Break this season as compared to last season:

Record Following All-Star Break, This Season vs. Last Season:
2010-11: 7-9-3 (17 points), Stars went from 3rd in the West to 7th
2011-12: 11-5-3 (25 points), Stars went from 10th in the West to 3rd.

5. Dallas has had 12 different goal scorers in the last eight games scoring a total of 26 goals in that span. Michael Ryder and Loui Eriksson have led the charge offensively scoring five goals each (total of 10).


 


WHO TO WATCH:

MICHAEL RYDER is on a seven game point-streak (5-7-12). The San Jose Sharks are the only NHL team Ryder has never scored a goal against.

STEVE OTT
has 28 penalty minutes in his last three games against the San Jose Sharks. Over his career, he has 135 penalty minutes against them – the most he has against any NHL club.

KARI LEHTONEN
has a 5-0-1 record in his last six games with a 1.45 goals against average (GAA) and a .948 save percentage (SV%).







 








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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 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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