Stars-Canucks Preview

Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 8:32 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Canucks Preview
Previewing Sunday\'s tilt between the Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks.

Dallas Stars at Vancouver Canucks
Sunday, November 17
7 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (10-7-2) ran their road winning streak to five games with a 7-3 win over Calgary on Thursday. Jamie Benn had six points (one goal, five assists) and Tyler Seguin registered five points (four goals, one assist) to lead the Dallas offense.

“Lately we’ve had some success on the road and I think it is because we are playing a simple game, and playing the right way,” Benn said. “And we’ve been getting some great goaltending in those games.”

Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 25 of 28 shots in Thursday’s win, is expected to start in goal for the Stars Sunday. It will be his 12th straight start. The Stars are 7-2-2 since Lehtonen returned from a lower body injury.

LW Ray Whitney skated with the Stars on Saturday, but remains out with a lower body injury. The Stars are expected to go with the same lineup as Thursday’s game in Calgary.

Injuries: LW Ray Whitney (lower body) is out.

About the Canucks

The Canucks (11-7-3) lost their third straight game, falling 2-1 in overtime to San Jose at Rogers Arena on Thursday night. The Canucks had a 1-0 lead late in the game, but the Sharks tied it with 1:05 left in regulation on a Tomas Hertl goal and then won in overtime when Dan Boyle scored on the power play.

"I thought they got a really lucky break on their tying goal and they get a power play in OT and that's it," Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo said. "That's how close the NHL is. We're a minute away from playing what I thought was a really great game, and all of a sudden it turns into a loss."

It was the fifth loss in the last seven games (2-3-2) for Vancouver.

Forward Jannik Hansen, who has missed the last ten games with a shoulder injury, is expected to return for Sunday evening’s game.

Injuries: F Jannik Hansen (shoulder) is probable. F Jordan Schroeder (ankle) and F Dale Weise (leg) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the first of three meetings between the Stars and Canucks.

*The Stars were 2-1-0 against Vancouver last season.

*The Stars are 81-67-25 all-time vs. the Canucks.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 5-0-0 in their last five road games.

*The Canucks are 2-3-1 in their last six home games.

*The Stars rank 26th in the league on the power play at 11.9 percent.

*The Canucks rank 28th on the power play at 10.9 percent.

*Vancouver ranks 1st in the league on the penalty kill at 88.6 percent, and is 25-26 (96.2 percent) on the PK over the last eight games.

*The Stars rank 15th on the penalty kill at 82.3 percent, and are 20-23 (87.0 percent) on the PK over the last eight games.

*Tyler Seguin (12 goals, 10 assists) and Jamie Benn (7 goals, 15 assists) lead the Stars with 22 points.

*Seguin leads the Stars with 12 goals.

*Ryan Kesler leads Vancouver with 9 goals.

*Henrik Sedin (3 goals, 18 assists) leads the Canucks with 21 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.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
11 DAL 75 36 29 10 232 240 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 75 27 44 -6 71
T. Seguin 65 33 34 -3 67
J. Spezza 75 16 40 -4 56
J. Klingberg 58 10 27 5 37
C. Eakin 71 17 17 -4 34
A. Goligoski 75 4 30 -1 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
A. Hemsky 69 11 21 -7 32
S. Horcoff 71 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 73 12 14 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 33 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
 
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