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StarGazing - February 12th vs. Los Angeles Kings

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

SUNDAY’S GAME:

Dallas Stars (28-23-3, 59 points – 4th, Pacific Division)
vs. Los Angeles Kings (26-19-11, 63 points – 2nd, Pacific Division)
5 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center

BROADCAST INFO:
FOX Sports Southwest and Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket.

ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. LOS ANGELES KINGS:
Overall: 102-70-41
Home: 63-29-15
Road: 39-41-26
This Season: 3-2-0
10/22/11 – @ Los Angeles, 0-1 L
10/27/11 – vs. Los Angeles, 3-5 L
11/23/11 – vs. Los Angeles, 3-2 W (OT)
12/10/11 – @ Los Angeles, 2-1 W
1/12/12 – @ Los Angeles, 5-4 W (SO)
2/12/12 – vs. Los Angeles


FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. The Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings conclude their season series on Saturday. Dallas leads the series with a 3-2-0 record and are looking to win at least four games in a single season against the Kings for the first time since the 2007-08 season (4-2-2 record.). Four of the five gamesbetween these two clubs have been one-goal affairs.
 
2.
Dallas and Los Angeles are two of the top-three highest hitting teams in the NHL. Dallas is third with 1,458 hits, while Los Angeles is second with 1,557 hits. Each team has at least four players who have each registered 100-or-more hits.
 
3.
Twenty-eight (28) regular season games remain for the Dallas Stars as they fight for the seventh or eighth seed in the Western Conference. They are in a pack of six teams that are vying for the final two spots and are the only team to have at least 24 regulation or overtime victories that are not currently in the top-eight.
 
4.
The only team that has gone to overtime fewer times than the Dallas Stars are the Boston Bruins. Dallas has gone to the extra frame nine times, while the Bruins have gone past 60 minutes just eight times. The Vancouver Canucks and the Dallas Stars are the only teams in the NHL that have not lost a game in overtime this season. All three of Dallas’ losses past 60 minutes have come in the shootout. Dallas’ last loss in overtime came against the Anaheim Ducks on March 4, 2011 (4-5).
 
5.
The Los Angeles Kings enter Sunday’s game against Dallas on the second day of a back-to-back. The Stars have faced Chicago, Colorado, Detroit (2x), Los Angeles, Nashville, NY Islanders and Phoenix (2x) on the tail end of a back-to-back and have compiled a 3-5-1 record in these games. Four of those contests have gone to overtime.



WHO TO WATCH:

MICHAEL RYDER
has earned a point in each of his last four games against the Los Angeles Kings. He has one goal and four assists in that span.
 
KARI LEHTONEN
has earned a 3-1-1 record with a .928 SV% and a 2.13 GAA in five games since the All-Star Break. He has allowed two-or-fewer goals in five of his last six games overall.
 
ALEX GOLIGOSKI
is currently on a two-game point streak (1-1-2) and has not gone two straight games without a point since Jan. 14-16.
 








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