Stars-Senators Preview

Friday, 03.21.2014 / 8:51 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Senators Preview

Ottawa Senators at Dallas Stars
Saturday, March 22
2:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (32-26-11) saw their winless streak hit four games (0-3-1) with a 4-2 loss at Philadelphia Thursday. The Stars went 0-3-0 on their three-game road trip, were outscored 16-5 but saw improvement in the game against the Flyers.

“The team played hard,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “We missed some point blank opportunities and there are probably a couple our goaltender would like back, but if we play like that night after night, we’ll win.”

The Stars are four points behind Phoenix for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 13 games left on their schedule, and they have one game in hand on the Coyotes.

Saturday’s game opens a two-game homestand for the Stars, who play three of their next four games at American Airlines Center.

Forward Shawn Horcoff, who missed the last four games with a broken finger, is expected to return Saturday.

Injuries: C Shawn Horcoff (finger) is probable. F Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat) is out.

About the Senators

The Senators (28-28-13) lost 5-4 to Tampa Bay Thursday, extending their winless streak to five games (0-3-2), including three straight losses in regulation. The Senators have given up 25 goals in the five losses.

“We fought right until the end but once again we found a way to lose,” said Senators captain Jason Spezza. “We're still giving up too many quality looks in front of our net and we definitely have to cut down on the number of goals we're giving up.”

The Senators are 2-7-2 over their last 11 games, a stretch that has basically dashed their playoff hopes. They are nine points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 13 games left on their schedule.

Saturdays’ game opens a three-game road trip for the Senators.

G Craig Anderson, who has been out with a shoulder injury, will travel to Dallas but is not expected to play. Robin Lehner is expected to start in goal for Ottawa Saturday.

Injuries: G Craig Anderson (shoulder) is questionable. G Nathan Lawson (lower body) is out.

Series Notes

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

*The Stars won the first meeting, defeating the Senators 4-3 in a shootout in Ottawa on November 3.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 5-5-1 since the Olympic break.

*The Senators are 2-6-2 since the break.

*The Stars are 5-1-1 in their last seven home games.

*The Senators are 3-3-1 in their last seven on the road.

*The Stars have given up 19 goals over the last four games, including 16 over the last three.

*The Senators have surrendered 25 goals over the last five games.

*The Stars are 10-14-2 vs. the Eastern Conference.

*The Senators are 8-12-5 vs. the Western Conference.

*Stars center Tyler Seguin has points in seven straight games (six goals, eight assists, 14 points).

*Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson has points in five straight games (one goal, six assists, seven 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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 13 5 10 2 15
J. Spezza 13 5 8 0 13
C. Eakin 13 1 7 -4 8
A. Goligoski 13 4 3 -6 7
P. Sharp 13 4 2 -4 6
P. Eaves 9 3 3 3 6
R. Faksa 13 3 2 2 5
M. Janmark 12 2 3 -3 5
C. Sceviour 11 2 3 1 5
J. Klingberg 13 1 3 -5 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 6 3 0 .899 2.81
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .865 3.29
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