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Stars-Rangers Preview

Friday, 01.10.2014 / 12:12 AM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Rangers Preview
Previewing Friday night\'s tilt between the Dallas Stars and New York Rangers.

Dallas Stars at New York Rangers
Friday, January 10
6:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus (Click here for channel listings)
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (20-16-7) dropped their fourth straight game, falling 1-0 to the New Jersey Devils Thursday night at Prudential Center. The Stars, who had surrendered 18 goals in their three previous games, allowed only one to the Devils, but still gave up several quality chances. Goaltender Kari Lehtonen kept them in the game with a superb 33-save performance.

“[We were better defensively] to some respect, yeah. Not good enough though,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “They had the better chances, they blocked more shots, they were in more lanes. They did a good job defending once we were in there. We made some mistakes that Kari had to cover up.”

The Stars were unable to generate much against a stingy New Jersey defense and goaltender Cory Schneider, who stopped all 26 shots he faced. It was the first time Dallas has failed to score a goal this season.

"Our goalie was the reason the score was what it was," Stars center Tyler Seguin said. "We didn't make good plays. We gave them a lot of chances. We need to find more 60-minute desperation in here and maybe a little bit more accountability."

Friday’s game wraps up the Stars’ current three-game road trip.

Injuries: D Stephane Robidas (leg) is out.

About the Rangers

The Rangers (22-20-3) are coming off a 3-2 win at Chicago Wednesday night. The Rangers lost a 2-0 lead in the game, but Carl Hagelin scored off a rebound of a Marc Staal shot with 5:57 remaining to snap a 2-2 tie and give New York the victory.

“I felt like it was really important after they tied it up to really stay focused and not let them get the third one, even though they had the momentum going," said Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 35 of 37 shots. "It felt like they created some big chances, but we settled things down and that was key for this win. After that second goal, we kind of took over the game again. That was kind of the turning point.”

The Rangers have points in three straight games (2-0-1) and points in five of their last six (4-1-1).

"I'm not going to lie," Hagelin said. "We played a really solid game and we gained a lot of confidence from this game, that's for sure."

Friday’s game against the Stars opens a stretch of four straight at Madison Square Garden for the Rangers, who have points in five of their last six games at home (3-1-2).

Injuries: RW Derek Dorsett (leg) is out.

Series Notes

*This the second and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Rangers.

*The Stars are 0-1-0 in the season series and the Rangers are 1-0-0.

*November 21, New York at Dallas: Rangers 3, Stars 2

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 3-5-2 in their last 10 road games and are now 11-10-2 on the road this season.

*The Rangers are 3-1-2 in their last six home games and are 8-10-3 at home this season.

*The Rangers are 7-3-2 in their last 12 games overall.

*The Rangers are 12-40 (30.0 percent) on the power play over their last 11 games.

*The Rangers are 18-2-1 when scoring the first goal of the game.

*The Stars are 12-6-3 when they score the first goal.

*The Stars are 1-5-1 in their last seven games vs. the Eastern Conference and are 6-7-1 vs. the East this season.

*The Rangers are 7-8-0 against the Western Conference.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (21) and points (41).

*Brad Richards, Mats Zuccarello, Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider are tied for the Rangers team lead in goals with 11. Richards and Zuccarello are tied for the team lead in points with 31.

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 NSH 64 41 16 7 192 155 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 63 23 37 -3 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 63 15 37 -5 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 60 16 17 -10 33
J. Klingberg 49 10 23 1 33
C. Eakin 60 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 57 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 63 2 24 1 26
A. Roussel 61 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
 
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