The Stars have a tough back-to-back this weekend, ending a strange eight-game stretch that saw the team play in a different city every night, including stopping in Dallas for one contest twice. Saturday marks the second visit in the last 13 days to Columbus while Sunday features the Stars’ first visit to Detroit this season.Kari Lehtonen
returned to action Thursday night vs. San Jose, stopping 39-of-43 shots. He practiced for 45 minutes on Friday, a good sign that he is indeed doing fine after missing four games with a tight back.
Head coach Marc Crawford said that he’ll probably utilize both Lehtonen and Andrew Raycroft this weekend, but wouldn’t identify which games.
“You’ll have to see which one plays first,” he said.
Crawford was a little more revealing when asked about his line-up for the weekend. Krys Barch was recently activated from the injured reserve list, but did not play Thursday vs. San Jose. Matt Niskanen was a healthy scratch the last two games.
"We're going to try to get Krys Barch in. He's ready to go and went to get him back into the group," he said. "Matt Niskanen will probably re-enter our lineup for the next game. As I said before, I wasn't disappointed in his play, but I thought (Mark) Fistric came in and gave us some physicality in the two-game series with San Jose. San Jose is a big, big team and he is one of the guys that threw his weight around quite nicely last night."STARGAZING
-- The Stars have collected points in 10 of their last 12 games (8-2-2 record).
-- The Dallas Stars are gearing up to play their sixth of 12 back-to-back sets. So far this season, they have a 6-4-0 record, with five of those six wins coming by a one-goal margin (two wins via shootout). All five games the Stars have played on the second night of the back-to-back have come on the road.
- FIRST GAME: 4-1-0 (6-5-1 in 2009-10)
- SECOND GAME: 2-3-0 (3-5-4 in 2009-10)
-- Dallas has a record of 7-2-0 against the Detroit Red Wings since the start of the 2008-09 season.
-- The Dallas Stars are now 12-2-3 in one-goal games this season. They lead the NHL in one-goal game wins. Dallas finished the 2009-10 season with 18 one-goal game wins.
-- Loui Eriksson
has recorded points in three of his last five games (three goals and two assists) and posted his seventh multiple-point of the season on Thursday night against the San Jose Sharks (one goal and one assist). Dallas is 5-1-1 this season when Eriksson records a multiple-point game.
-- Brenden Morrow
scored his 10th goal of the season and his first goal in 11 games on Thursday night against the Sharks. Morrow last goal came against at Ottawa on Nov. 24.
-- Brad Richards has points in six of his last eight games (one goal, six assists). Richards scored one goal and handed out two assists in his last meeting with the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 14.