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StarGazing - January 12th vs. Los Angeles Kings

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

THURSDAY’S GAME:

Dallas Stars (23-17-1, 47 points – 3rd, Pacific Division)
at Los Angeles Kings (21-15-7, 49 points – 2nd, Pacific Division)
9:30 p.m. CT at Staples Center


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

ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. LOS ANGELES KINGS:
Overall: 101-70-41
Home: 63-29-15
Road: 38-41-26
This Season: 2-2-0
10/22/11 – at Los Angeles, 0-1 L
10/27/11 – vs. Los Angeles, 3-5 L
11/23/11 – vs. Los Ángeles, 3-2 W (OT)
12/10/11 – at Los Angeles, 2-1 W
1/12/12 – at Los Angeles
2/12/12 – vs. Los Angeles

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. The Dallas Stars conclude their two-game trip to California on Thursday night when they take on the Los Angeles Kings. This will be Dallas’ final trip to L.A. this season and their fifth of six contests overall against them. The Stars have a 2-2-0 record against them so far this season.

2.
Six of the last eight games between the Stars and Kings have been decided by one goal, with Dallas holding a 4-2-0 record in those games. At 11-3-1, the Stars have the top record in the NHL in one-goal games this season.

3.
With the loss against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night, the Stars concluded the first half of the regular season. They had five fewer points in the standings at the same point last season (from 52 to 47) and have only gone to overtime five times (as opposed to the 12 times last season). Dallas’ biggest area of improvement came on penalty kill where they went from 23rd to 18th. A full report has been attached comparing the last three mid-seasons rankings.

4.
The Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings are two of the top-three hitting teams in the NHL. The Stars are third with 1,117 hits while the Kings are first with 1,171 hits. Steve Ott leads all Dallas Stars with 133 hits.

5.
Dallas has a 21-1-0 record this season when allowing two-goals-or-fewer in a game. Their lone loss came against the Kings on Oct. 22, when they were shutout 1-0.



WHO TO WATCH:

JAMIE BENN
is currently on a five-game point streak (4-6-10). He has earned at least one point in eight of his last nine games against the Kings compiling four goals and five assists in that span.

MICHAEL RYDER
has earned points in his last three games against the Kings (1-2-3).

STEVE OTT
earned a goal and an assist on Tuesday night against the Ducks and won 14-of-15 faceoffs.






















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