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StarGazing - February 7th vs. Phoenix Coyotes

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

TUESDAY’S GAME:

Dallas Stars (27-22-2, 56 points – 3rd, Pacific Division)
vs. Phoenix Coyotes (23-21-8, 54 points – 4th, Pacific Division)
7:30 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center

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

ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. PHOENIX COYOTES:
Overall: 77-59-18
Home: 37-29-11
Road: 40-30-7
This Season: 2-1-0
10/10/11 – vs. Phoenix, 2-1 W**
10/25/11 – at Phoenix, 3-2 W**
11/26/11 – at Phoenix, 0-3 L
2/7/12 – vs. Phoenix
2/18/12 – at Phoenix
3/20/12 – vs. Phoenix

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. The Dallas Stars face the Phoenix Coyotes for the fourth of six meetings this season. Dallas leads the season series with a 2-1-0 record having won both games in a shootout. Six of the last seven games between these two clubs have been decided by one goal with three of the games ending in a shootout.

2.
The Phoenix Coyotes enter Tuesday night’s game against the Stars on the second day of a back-to-back. The Stars have faced Chicago, Colorado, Detroit (2x), Los Angeles, Nashville, NY Islanders and Phoenix of the tail end of a back-to-back and have compiled a 3-4-1 record in these games. Four of those games have gone to overtime with two of those contests going to overtime or shootout.

3.
Dallas has scored a power play goal in each of their last three games coming out of the All-Star Break (3/7, 42.9%). It is their second such streak of the season. From Dec. 31 to Jan. 23 (12 games before All-Star Break), the Stars converted on 4-of-35 opportunities (11.4%).
 
4.
The Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes are two of the top-five teams in the NHL this season when leading after two periods. Dallas is 15-0-0, while Phoenix has a 19-1-0 record. The Stars have not lost a game in regulation when leading after two periods since Oct. 31, 2009 (vs. NSH, 56-0-5 since then).

5.
Dallas is the fifth most penalized team in the NHL (666 min, 13.1 min/game), while the Coyotes are the least penalized (407 min, 7.8 min/game).



WHO TO WATCH:

KARI LEHTONEN
has earned a .910-SV% or higher in eight of his nine career games against the Phoenix Coyotes. He has a .939 SV% and a 1.91 GAA in that same span of games.

JAMIE BENN
has scored two goals and two assists with a +4 rating in three games since the All-Star Break.

STEVE OTT
has points in two of his last three games (1-3-4) with six shots in that span.





 




















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