Stars-Kings Preview

Friday, 10.18.2013 / 9:32 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Kings Preview

Dallas Stars at Los Angeles Kings
Saturday October 19
9:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM

About the Stars

The Stars (3-3-0) snapped San Jose’s six game winning streak, topping the Sharks 4-3 in a shootout at American Airlines Center Thursday night. The Stars overcame 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 deficits in the game.

“We battled through adversity there but tonight we showed a lot,” said Stars forward Alex Chiasson. “We gave up a goal right away but we kept with our game plan. I think that made a huge difference, and our goalie played great. We battled through the whole game and good results happened.”

The Stars’ second line had a big game. Cody Eakin had one goal and one assist in regulation, Ray Whitney had a pair of assists and Chiasson had an assist and scored the lone goal of the shootout.

Goaltender Dan Ellis, who stopped 32 of 35 shots in the game and all three shots he faced in the shootout, is the likely starter Saturday night.

The Stars have a two game road trip this weekend, playing back-to-back games at Los Angeles (Saturday) and at Anaheim (Sunday).

Injuries: G Kari Lehtonen (lower body) is out. D Aaron Rome (hip) is on a conditioning assignment.

About the Kings

The Kings (5-3-0) are coming off a 2-1 shootout win in Nashville Thursday night. Jonathan Quick stopped 34 of 35 shots in regulation and overtime and all three shots in the shootout, and Anze Kopitar scored the only goal of the shootout. The Kings went 3-1-0 on their just concluded road trip.

“What's more important is we played six of our first eight on the road, which is the most in the conference," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "So, we still have our heads above water after six road games. That's what's more important."

Saturday’s game against the Stars begins a four game homestand for the Kings, who play eight of their next nine games at Staples Center.

Injuries: None.

Series Notes

*This is the first of three meetings between the Kings and Stars this season.

*The Stars were 3-1-1 vs. the Kings last season.

*The Kings were 2-3-0 against the Stars last season.

*The Stars are 105-72-42 all-time vs. Los Angeles.

Statistical tidbits

*The Kings have scored two goals in the last two games, both by defenseman Slava Voynov.

*Excluding goals awarded for shootout victories, the Kings have been held to one goal in four of their last six games.

*The Stars have allowed three or more goals in four of their six games.

*Los Angeles is 0-13 on the power play over the last four games.

*The Stars are 4-15 on the power play over the last four games.

*Dallas’ Tyler Seguin is on a five game points streak (3 goals, 5 assists, 8 points).

*Seguin leads the Stars with 8 points.

*Forward Alex Chiasson leads the Stars with 3 goals.

*Forward Jeff Carter leads the Kings in goals (4) and points (6).

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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 MIN 55 23 22 10 135 138 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 55 28 34 16 62
T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
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