Stars-Coyotes Preview

Monday, 02.3.2014 / 10:10 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Coyotes Preview

Dallas Stars at Phoenix Coyotes
Tuesday, February 4
8:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (25-21-9) opened their three-game road trip with a 2-0 win at Anaheim Saturday night. Dan Ellis stopped 26 shots for his first shutout of the season. It was the first time the league-leading Ducks had been shutout in 2013-14.

“It was a good game,” said Stars forward Rich Peverley. “First two periods we didn’t really give them too much. I thought we were skating really well. Especially against a team like this that is really offensive, we did a good job with back pressure and not giving them time with the puck.”

The Stars enter Tuesday night’s game in tenth place in the Western Conference. They are three points behind ninth place Phoenix and four points behind Vancouver, which holds the playoff spot. The Stars will play Phoenix in two of their next three games.

“It’s the teams you want to play when you want to try to move up,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “They are going to look at it the same way.”

Injuries: D Stephane Robidas (leg) is out.

About the Coyotes

The Coyotes (26-19-10) are coming off a 3-1 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. Mike Smith made 23 saves and his teammates blocked 20 shots as the Coyotes won for the third time in the last five games (3-1-1).

“It’s one of the more complete games we’ve played this year, that’s for sure,” said Phoenix coach Dave Tippett. “Right from the goaltender out to everybody in front of him, I thought it was a real competitive game, a fast game and we found a way to get on top of it.”

The Coyotes, who have won consecutive games just once since the middle of December, are looking to build on Saturday’s win as they head towards the Olympic break. They enter Tuesday’s game just one point behind Vancouver for the final playoff spot in the West.

“We talked about the importance of these three games (before the break),” said Tippett. “Dallas is scratching and trying to get back in that playoff position just like we are. The importance of that will not go understated.”

Injuries: No significant injuries.

Series Notes

*This is the first of three meetings between the Stars and Coyotes this season.

*The Stars were 2-2-0 vs. the Coyotes last season.

*The Coyotes were 2-1-1 vs. the Stars last season.

*The Stars are 80-62-19 all-time vs. the Phoenix franchise.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have allowed one goal or fewer in four of their last six games, including three shutouts.

*The Stars have allowed 23.0 shots per game over the last six games.

*The Coyotes have scored on the power play in 12 of their last 14 games and are 12-49 (24.5 percent) on the PP during that stretch.

*The Stars are 20-23 (87.0 percent) on the penalty kill over the last eight games.

*The Stars have scored on the power play in eight of the last ten games and are 10-34 (29.4 percent) on the PP during that stretch.

*The Coyotes are 16-17 (94.1 percent) on the penalty kill over the last six games.

*Stars captain Jamie Benn is on a five-game goal scoring streak and has points in six straight games (five goals, five assists).

*Stars center Tyler Seguin has points in five straight games (three goals, six assists).

*Coyotes center Antoine Vermette has scored eight goals over his last nine games.

*Stars forward Rich Peverley ranks second in the NHL in faceoff percentage at 59.7.

*Coyotes center Antoine Vermette ranks 10th at 56.0 percent.

*The Stars are 11-2-2 vs. the Pacific Division.

*The Coyotes are 4-5-2 vs. the Central Division.

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 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 123 143 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 54 28 33 16 61
T. Seguin 54 28 30 11 58
J. Klingberg 54 9 35 15 44
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 54 16 24 -1 40
A. Goligoski 54 4 20 17 24
C. Eakin 54 10 13 1 23
M. Janmark 54 10 10 13 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 51 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 14 5 0 .909 2.82
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