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StarGazing - February 4th vs. Minnesota Wild

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

SATURDAY’S GAME:

Dallas Stars (26-22-2, 54 points – 3rd, Pacific Division)
vs. Minnesota Wild (25-19-7, 57 points – 2nd, Northwest Division)
7 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center

BROADCAST INFO:
TXA-21 and Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket

ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. MINNESOTA WILD:
Overall: 26-12-3
Home: 16-2-2
Road: 10-10-1
This Season: 0-1-0
1/21/12 - @ Minnesota, 2-5 L
2/4/12 – vs. Minnesota
2/24/12 – vs. Minnesota
3/13/12 - @ Minnesota

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. The Dallas Stars face the Minnesota Wild for their second of four meetings this season. Minnesota won the previous contest against the Stars 2-5 and have taken the last two games against them by a combined score of 10-5.

2.
The Dallas Stars have not lost a home game to the Minnesota Wild since March 21, 2003. Since that contest, the Stars have won 14 consecutive games (14-0-0).The Stars have not lost in regulation at home since March 8, 2002 (span of 9 years, 10 months).

3.
Dallas will honor former goaltender Ed Belfour in a pre-game ceremony on Saturday night for being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Belfour played in 307 regular season games as a member of the Stars, compiling a 160-95-44 record with a .910 save percentage (SV%), 2.19 goals against average (GAA) and 27 shutouts. He won a Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999 and played in 73 playoff games for the club during his tenure. His 44 wins, 1.84 GAA, .929 SV% and eight shutouts in the playoffs are all still team records.
 
4.
Saturday’s game between the Stars and Wild features two of the top-three winningest Finnish-born goaltenders in NHL history. Niklas Backstrom (MIN) is second with 155 wins, while Kari Lehtonen (DAL) is third with 153 victories. Mikka Kiprusoff is the winningest Finnish-born goalie with 298 victories.

5.
Please note that the local broadcast for Saturday’s game against Minnesota is now on TXA-21, not FOX Sports Southwest.



WHO TO WATCH:

LOUI ERIKSSON
has earned a point in four consecutive games against the Minnesota Wild (0-6-6). Eriksson is looking to score his first goal against the Wild since Jan. 18, 2010.

MICHAEL RYDER
is scheduled to appear in his 600th career NHL game on Saturday night. He will join Keith Brown (876 GP) and Dan Cleary (798 GP) as the only Newfoundland natives to skate in 600-or-more NHL contests.




 




















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