Stars-Jets Preview

Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 12:14 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Jets Preview

Winnipeg Jets at Dallas Stars
Saturday October 26
6:00 p.m.
TV: TXA-21
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (4-5-0) are coming off a 5-1 win over Calgary at American Airlines Center Thursday. Kari Lehtonen, back in the lineup after missing five games with a lower body injury, stopped 28 of 29 shots. Jamie Benn and Alex Chiasson both tallied twice in the game.

"Obviously after a tough road trip we wanted to come out here and be strong at home and come out with a good start," Benn said. "I thought our goalie played great tonight and we got a big two points."

Lehtonen improved to 3-1-0 on the season. He has a 1.41 goals against average and .956 save percentage.

“He’s our key player,” Chiasson said of Lehtonen. “You look at every team that is successful in this league and it starts with the goalie. I think he played awesome tonight”

The win was just the second in the last six games (2-4-0) for the Stars.

The Stars assigned defenseman Aaron Rome to the Texas Stars of the AHL on Friday. They also activated forward Scott Glennie from injured non-roster and assigned him to Texas.

Injuries: F Ryan Garbutt (suspended) is out.

About the Jets

The Jets (4-5-2) lost 3-2 in overtime at Nashville on Thursday. The Jets tied the game on a Blake Wheeler goal with 3:01 remaining in the third period, but Predators forward Craig Smith scored with 17 seconds left in overtime to hand the Jets their third straight loss (0-1-2).

“I don’t take any positive. We lost the game. We needed the points and that’s all that matters,” said Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. “If we are going to tell ourselves that we played one good period and we can build on that, no. We needed two points.”

Winnipeg has lost seven of its last nine games (2-5-2). Saturday’s game is the second of a four game road trip for Winnipeg, which has played only three of its first eleven games on the road.

Injuries: C Jim Slater (undisclosed) is questionable. D Jacob Trouba (upper body) and RW Chris Thorburn (lower body) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the second of five meetings between the Stars and Jets.

*The Stars won the first meeting of the season, 4-1, in Winnipeg on Oct. 11.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have won three straight at home.

*The Jets have lost three straight overall (0-1-2).

*The Stars are 1-16 on the power play over their last four games.

*The Jets are 0-18 on the power play over their last six games.

*In his last three games, Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen is 3-0-0 with a 0.78 goals against average and .974 save percentage.

*Stars forward Jamie Benn has points in 5 straight games (2 goals, 5 assists, 7 points).

*Forward Alex Chiasson leads the Stars with 5 goals.

*Jamie Benn leads the Stars with 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists).

*Evander Kane and Bryan Little lead the Jets in goals with 5.

*Kane, Little and Andrew Ladd lead the Jets in points with 8.

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 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 10 5 9 6 14
J. Spezza 10 4 7 2 11
C. Eakin 10 1 7 2 8
P. Sharp 10 4 2 1 6
R. Faksa 10 3 2 2 5
A. Goligoski 10 3 2 -5 5
P. Eaves 7 2 3 3 5
J. Klingberg 10 1 3 -3 4
A. Hemsky 10 1 3 -1 4
M. Janmark 9 1 3 -1 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 5 1 0 .906 2.58
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .872 3.33
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