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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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 49 32 11 6 146 130 70
2 NSH 47 31 10 6 145 112 68
3 STL 47 30 13 4 153 115 64
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
11 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 48 28 25 1 53
J. Benn 48 16 28 -2 44
J. Spezza 48 8 27 -4 35
T. Daley 45 12 12 -7 24
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 48 1 22 8 23
A. Roussel 48 11 11 -1 22
C. Eakin 45 9 13 8 22
J. Klingberg 34 7 13 8 20
A. Hemsky 45 8 11 -6 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 20 11 7 .903 2.99
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
 
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