Stars-Rangers Preview

Thursday, 01.9.2014 / 11:12 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Rangers Preview

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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AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 DAL 56 36 15 5 182 150 77
2 CHI 59 36 18 5 162 137 77
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 SJS 54 29 20 5 158 144 63
6 ANA 54 27 19 8 123 127 62
7 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
8 NSH 56 26 21 9 147 148 61
9 ARI 55 25 24 6 144 168 56
10 MIN 55 23 22 10 135 138 56
11 VAN 55 22 21 12 127 149 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 55 25 27 3 140 158 53
14 EDM 57 22 29 6 139 169 50

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 56 29 34 18 63
T. Seguin 56 30 32 13 62
J. Klingberg 56 10 37 13 47
P. Sharp 56 16 25 -2 41
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
A. Goligoski 56 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 56 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 56 11 10 13 21
A. Hemsky 49 6 14 0 20
J. Demers 49 7 12 16 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 16 5 0 .910 2.80
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