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StarGazing - March 20th vs. Phoenix Coyotes

Tuesday, 03.20.2012 / 10:45 AM CT / News
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StarGazing - March 20th vs. Phoenix Coyotes
TUESDAY’S GAME:
Dallas Stars (39-28-5, 83 points – 3rd, Western Conference)
vs. Phoenix Coyotes (36-26-11, 83 points –  7th, Western Conference)
7 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center

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

ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. PHOENIX COYOTES:
Overall: 77-61-18
Home: 37-30-11
Road: 40-31-7
This Season: 2-2-1
10/10/11 – vs. Phoenix, 2-1 W (SO)
10/25/11 – @ Phoenix, 3-2 W (SO)
11/26/11 – @ Phoenix, 0-3 L
02/07/12 – vs. Phoenix, 1-4 L
02/18/12 – @ Phoenix, 1-2 L (OT)
03/10/12 – vs. Phoenix


FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. The Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes conclude their season series on Tuesday night, with Dallas holding a 2-2-1 record. Three of the five games between these two clubs this season have gone to overtime or shootout. The Coyotes and Stars are presently tied with 83 points in the standings – Dallas holds tie breaker (fewer games played).

2.
Glen Gulutzan is one victory shy of earning 40 for the season. He will join Ken Hitchcock and Dave Tippett as the only coaches in franchise history to earn 40-or-more wins in their first season as head coach. He will also be the first rookie head coach to 40 wins since Guy Boucher won 46 games last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

3.
Statistically, the Stars and Coyotes are very evenly matched. Both have 83 points in the standings, both rank in the top-10 on the penalty kill and bottom-10 on the power play. They have scored an even 2.5 goals per game and have a nearly even goals allowed ratio (DAL: 2.6, PHX: 2.5).

4.
Dallas has allowed just one power play goal over their last 10 games. In total, they have killed off 30 of the last 31 opposition power plays (96.8%). The Stars are currently ranked 10th in the NHL on the penalty kill, up from 18th at the All-Star Break.

5.
With 749 all-time victories, the Dallas Stars are just nine victories shy of equaling their win total as the Minnesota North Stars (758 all-time wins). If Dallas reaches 758 wins this season, it will occur on the 18th season since the club moved to Texas. It took the Minnesota North Stars 27 NHL seasons to reach that many victories.



WHO TO WATCH:

KARI LEHTONEN
has a 4-2-4 record with a 2.12 goals against average (GAA) and a .931 save percentage (SV%) in 11 career games against the Phoenix Coyotes.

LOUI ERIKSSON
is currently on a two-game point streak (2-1-3). Eriksson is one of 11 NHL players who has had 25-or-more goals for the last four consecutive seasons.

ALEX GOLIGOSKI
has scored four of his eight goals this season against Pacific Division opponents.

















SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 53 28 31 15 59
T. Seguin 53 28 28 10 56
J. Klingberg 53 8 35 14 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 53 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 53 10 13 1 23
A. Goligoski 53 3 20 17 23
M. Janmark 53 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 51 8 10 5 18
V. Nichushkin 50 6 12 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .907 2.82
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