StarGazing - March 28th vs. Edmonton Oilers
Wednesday, 03.28.2012 / 7:43 AM / News
Dallas Stars (41-30-5, 87 points – 7th, Western Conference)
at Edmonton Oilers (31-36-9, 71 points –14th, Western Conference)
8:30 p.m. CT at Rexall Place
Fox Sports Southwest and Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket
ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. EDMONTON OILERS:
This Season: 3-0-0
11/21/11 – vs. Edmonton, 4-1 W
1/7/12 – vs. Edmonton, 4-1 W
3/2/12 – at Edmonton, 3-1 W
2/28/23 – at Edmonton
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:
1. The Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers conclude their season series on Wednesday night. The Stars have won all three games against them this season (3-0-0) and have outscored them 11-3 in that span. Dallas has earned points in 11 of their last 12 games against the Oilers (9-1-2) and are looking for their first season series sweep against them since the 2007-08 season (4-0-0).
2. Three of the five goals that Dallas has scored in the opening two minutes of a game belong to Jamie Benn, including the past two consecutive contests for Dallas. The other tallies belong to Michael Ryder (56 seconds in) and Loui Eriksson (13 seconds in).
3. Wednesday’s game features two of the top-three highest goal scoring, 2007 NHL draft picks. Sam Gagne (EDM, 6th overall) is second with 76 career goals, while Jamie Benn (DAL, 129th overall) is third with 70. They both trail Patrick Kane from Chicago who has scored 123 goals as the first-overall pick in 2007.
4. Kari Lehtonen has a 12-5-0 record with a .931 save percentage (SV%) and a 1.98 goals against average (GAA) with three shutouts in starts following contests in which he allows three-or-more goals in a game this season. He has a .935 SV%-or-higher in five of his last six games against the Oilers.
5. Loui Eriksson (DAL) and Jordan Eberle (EDM) are the only two players in the NHL that have registered over 65 points and under 10 penalty minutes this season. Eriksson has 68 points with eight penalty minutes while Eberle has 73 points with eight penalty minutes.
WHO TO WATCH:
MICHAEL RYDER leads all Dallas Stars with 33 goals. Since the All-Star Break, Ryder has scored 16 goals – the only players that have earned more goals in that same span of time are Steven Stamkos (TBL, 20g) and Evgeni Malkin (PIT, 19g)
JAMIE BENN has four goals in the last two games. Benn also has earned 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in nine career games against Edmonton and is a plus-8 in that span.