Dallas Stars (42-33-5, 89 points – 9th, Western Conference)
at Nashville Predators (46-26-8, 100 points – 4th, Western Conference)
7 p.m. CT at Bridgestone Arena
BROADCAST INFO: FOX Sports Southwest and Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket
ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS VS. SAN JOSE SHARKS:
This Season: 2-1-0
12/23/11 – vs. Nashville, 6-3 W
1/5/12 – @ Nashville, 4-1 W
2/19/12 – vs. Nashville, 2-3 L4/5/12 – @ NashvilleFIVE THINGS TO WATCH:1.
The Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators conclude their season series on Thursday night in Nashville. The Stars are looking to take three out of four games against them in a single season for the first time since the 2006-07 season (3-1-0).
Scenarios in which Dallas can still qualify for playoffs:
Dallas wins their remaining two games (max out at 93 points)AND one of the following…
- San Jose earns no more than one point against the L.A. Kings (play them twice)
- Los Angeles does not earn a point against the San Jose Sharks (play them twice)
- Phoenix does not earn a single point in their two remaining games (@STL, @MIN)
If Dallas picks up three points in their remaining two games (max of 92 points) they can stillqualify for the playoffs if San Jose loses both games in regulation.
Dallas has allowed 50 power play goals this season. If they don’t allow another one in the final two games, it will be the eighth time in franchise history that they have surrendered 50-or-fewer power play goals in a single season (does not include 94-95 lockout season). They also have been shorthanded 296 times in 2011-12 – if they don’t allow over three more power play opportunities, it will be the third time in Dallas Stars history that they allowed under 300 opportunities to the opposition in a single season (2009-10: 288, 2010-11: 277). * Figure does not include 94-95 shortened season.
4. Mike Ribeiro
has earned a point in five consecutive games against the Nashville Predators (3-5-8). In the season series, the line of Loui Eriksson
-Mike Ribeiro-Michael Ryder has scored half of the goals (6-of-12) and earned 14 points overall (6-8-14).
Statistically, Kari Lehtonen
is having a career year on the road this season. He is one win shy of tying his career high (15 set in 2010-11) and has his lowest goals against average (2.21) and highest save percentage (.932) in his career. Last season, Lehtonen finished the season with a .912 SV% and a 2.77 GAA on the road