Stars-Wild Preview

Saturday, 10.12.2013 / 8:15 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Wild Preview

Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild
Saturday October 12
7:00 p.m.
TV: TXA 21
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM

About the Stars

The Stars (2-1-0) opened their three game road trip with a 4-1 win at Winnipeg Friday night. Tyler Seguin figured in all four Dallas goals, scoring two and assisting on two. Jamie Benn had one goal and two assists and Alex Chiasson registered one goal and one assist.

“It’s our first road game and our first real road trip. The biggest focus going in was to have a good start,” Seguin said. “It was a great win for us tonight. We’ve got to string some more together here on the road.”

The Stars were 2-5 on the power play Friday after going 0-5 with the man-advantage in their first two games.

Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen left the game late in the second period with a lower body injury. He is listed as day to day. Dan Ellis played the final 25:17, stopping 22 of 23 shots in his first game of the season for the Stars. Ellis will start Saturday against the Wild.

Injuries: G Kari Lehtonen (lower body) is day-to-day. D Aaron Rome (hip) is out.

About the Wild

The Wild (1-1-2) won their first game of the season, defeating Winnipeg 2-1 at Xcel Energy Center Thursday night.

“I think it's good to get both points,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said. “We continued to do a lot of things we have been, but bottom line is, we got both points. Needless to say, we needed that.”

Matt Cooke scored the game-winning goal and also chipped in an assist for the Wild, who outshot the Jets 30-15.

Josh Harding is expected to start in goal for the Wild Saturday. It will be the second straight start for Harding, who has taken over for the injured Niklas Backstrom.

Injuries: G Niklas Backstrom (knee), F Charlie Coyle (knee) and F Mike Rupp (knee) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the first of four meetings between the Stars and Wild this season.

*The Stars were 1-2-0 against the Wild in 2012-13 last season.

*The Stars are 30-14-3 all-time versus the Wild.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have not allowed an even strength goal over their last two games.

*The Stars have allowed just two goals over the past two games, both on the power play.

*Minnesota is 5-19 (26.3 percent) on the power play this season.

*The Stars are 11-13 (84.6 percent) on the penalty kill.

*Minnesota is the top faceoff team in the league at 60.6 percent.

*The Stars, who lost 40 of 64 faceoffs on Friday, have won 46.5 percent of faceoffs this season.

*Minnesota is allowing just 22.0 shots per game, which is tops in the NHL.

*The Stars are averaging 26.3 shots per game, which ranks 27th in the NHL.

*Zach Parise leads the Wild with three goals.

*Alex Chiasson leads the Stars with three goals.

*Tyler Seguin (two goals, three assists) leads the Stars with five points.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 54 28 33 16 61
T. Seguin 54 28 30 11 58
J. Klingberg 54 9 35 15 44
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 54 16 24 -1 40
A. Goligoski 54 4 20 17 24
C. Eakin 54 10 13 1 23
M. Janmark 54 10 10 13 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 51 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 14 5 0 .909 2.82
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