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StarGazing - December 31st vs Boston Bruins

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

SATURDAY’S GAME:

Dallas Stars (20-15-1, 41 points – 3rd, Pacific Division)
vs. Boston Bruins (24-9-1, 49 points – 1st, Northeast Division)
7 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center


ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. BOSTON BRUINS:
Overall: 29-74-23
Home: 19-31-13
Away: 10-43-10
This Season: 0-0-0
12/31/11 – vs. Boston


BROADCAST INFO: TXA 21 and Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. The Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins meet for the 127th time on Saturday night, with the Stars holding a 29-74-23 record all-time against the Bruins. This will be the Stars’ sixth meeting against the Bruins on New Year’s Eve, the most times they have seen any NHL club on this day. They hold a 3-2-0 record in the first five meetings, including three consecutive victories against Boston on this date.

2.
Saturday’s game will be the 14th consecutive hockey season that the Stars will play a New Year’s Eve game. The Stars have played several memorable contests on this date, and have witnessed four hat tricks (most recently in 2009 by Loui Eriksson). Since the club moved to Texas, they have an 8-4-2 record and an overall franchise record of 16-12-3 on this date.

3.
The Dallas Stars are one of six NHL clubs that have yet to surrender a shorthanded goal at home this season. Boston hasn’t allowed a shorthanded goal at all in 2011-12. The last time the Stars allowed a shorthanded goal at home was on Mar. 15, 2011, against the San Jose Sharks.

4.
The Stars and Bruins combined for 91 penalty minutes in the last meeting between these two clubs. Eight different Stars recorded a penalty with four of those players recording a fighting major. The 40 penalty minutes the Stars had in that game were the most they recorded in a single game for the entire 2010-11 hockey season.

5.
Dallas is looking to wrap up 2011 after a year of several changes and accomplishments. The club has compiled a 40-31-8 record so far in 2011 (includes final half of 2010-11 hockey season). This calendar year saw the emergence of a new team owner in Tom Gaglardi (pronounced Guh-lar-dee), and the hiring of a new head coach in Glen Gulutzan. Notable franchise achievements this year include the club winning its 700th game since moving to Texas, and goaltender Kari Lehtonen setting the franchise save mark for most saves in a single season.

WHO TO WATCH:

KARI LEHTONEN
is 2-2-0 with a .945 save-percentage (SV%) and a 1.51 goals-against-average (GAA) in four career home games against Boston.

LOUI ERIKSSON
has seven points (5 G, 2 A) in five career games played on New Year’s Eve, including a hat trick in 2009 against the Anaheim Ducks, and a two-goal effort against the New Jersey Devils in 2008.

STEVE OTT
has 33 career penalty minutes against Boston, the most penalty minutes against any Eastern Conference opponent. He is also one point away from registering his 200th career NHL point.


















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