Stars-Hurricanes Preview

Wednesday, 04.2.2014 / 8:51 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Hurricanes Preview

Dallas Stars at Carolina Hurricanes
Thursday, April 3
6:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (37-27-11) won their third straight game, defeating the Washington Capitals 5-0 Tuesday night at Verizon Center. Kari Lehtonen stopped 35 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and Dustin Jeffrey led the offensive attack with two goals.

“It’s fun playing when there’s a lot on the line and every game is so huge,” said Lehtonen. “We just have to keep taking this one game at a time and try to win the next one.”

The win, the fifth in the last six games for the Stars, pushed them into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Thursday’s game is the third in a stretch of five straight on the road for the Stars, who have won the first two. It also kicks off a stretch of five games over the next seven days.

Injuries: F Erik Cole (upper body) and D Aaron Rome (lower body) are day to day. F Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat) is out.

About the Hurricanes

The Hurricanes (33-32-11) are coming off a 4-1 win in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Carolina fell behind midway through the first, but scored five minutes later to tie and outscored Pittsburgh 3-0 over the final two periods.

"That first period, they came out quick," Carolina forward Jordan Staal said. "They tried to take us out of the game right away and they made some great plays to get opportunities. [Anton Khudobin] was there to make some big saves, and I thought we got our legs and got our game under us and started taking away their time and frustrating them and creating chances of our own."

The Hurricanes are six points out of the final playoff spot in the East with just six games left on their schedule.

Thursday’s game kicks off a two-game homestand for Carolina.

Injuries: Andrei Loktionov (lower body) and D Jiri Tlusty (upper body) are questionable. D Joni Pitkanen (heel) is out.

Series Notes

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

*The Stars won the previous meeting, 4-1, in Dallas on February 27.

*The Stars have won four straight games against Carolina.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have won three straight games, outscoring the opposition 16-5.

*The Stars are 5-1-0 over their last six games, outscoring their opposition 23-11 during that stretch.

*The Hurricanes have points in their last four games (2-0-2) and are 4-2-2 over the last eight.

*The Stars have outscored their opponents 8-0 during five-on-five play over the last two games.

*Carolina is 7-26 (26.9 percent) on the power play over the last eight games.

*Carolina is 19-20 (95.0 percent) on the penalty kill over the last eight games.

*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen is 5-1-0 with a 1.67 goals against average and .950 save percentage over his last six starts.

*Stars forward Ryan Garbutt has four goals in the last four games.

*Carolina forward Jeff Skinner has four goals in the last five games.

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 9 5 7 5 12
J. Spezza 9 4 6 1 10
C. Eakin 9 0 7 1 7
A. Goligoski 9 3 2 -5 5
P. Eaves 7 2 3 3 5
P. Sharp 9 3 1 0 4
R. Faksa 9 2 2 1 4
J. Klingberg 9 1 3 -5 4
A. Hemsky 9 1 3 0 4
M. Janmark 8 1 3 -1 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 4 1 0 .903 2.70
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .872 3.33
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