Dallas Stars (42-30-5, 89 points – 3rd, Western Conference)
at Vancouver Canucks (47-21-9, 103 points – 2nd, Western Conference)
9 p.m. CT at Rogers Arena
FOX Sports Southwest PLUS or NBC Sports Network and Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket
FOX Sports Southwest Plus channel numbers in the Dallas/Fort Worth market for Friday’s Stars-Vancouver game:Time Warner – Ch. 960 (requires digital box)
Charter Cable – Ch. 300
DirecTV – Ch. 677 (677-1 HD)
Dish – Ch. 448 (9518 HD)
U-Verse Ch. 756 (1756 HD)
Fios – Ch. 77 (577 HD)
The game will be available on FOX Sports Southwest Plus in markets carrying the Mavericks-Magic game on FOX Sports Southwest and the Grizzlies-Rockets game on FOX Sports Houston. Stars game will be on FOX Sports Southwest’s main channel in Central and South Texas (San Antonio Spurs markets) and Oklahoma. The game also will be joined in progress on FOX Sports Southwest’s main channel in the DFW area after the Mavericks postgame show.ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. VANCOUVER CANUCKS:
This Season: 2-1-0
02/26/12 – vs. Vancouver – W, 3-2 (OT)
03/06/12 – @ Vancouver – W, 5-2
03/22/12 – vs. Vancouver – L, 1-2
03/30/12 – @ Vancouver
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:1.
The Dallas Stars conclude their season series on Friday night against the Vancouver Canucks. The gamewill be the first of Dallas’ final back-to-back set of the season. The Stars have a 7-4-2 record on the first day and a 1-10-2 record on the second day.
With 89 points in the standings, Dallas finds themselves one point shy of earning their 14th 90-point season since moving to Texas. Since 1993-94 (the year the Stars moved to Texas), only three teams have earned more 90-point campaigns than Dallas. The Detroit Red Wings (17), the New Jersey Devils (15) and the PhiladelphiaFlyers (14).
3. Michael Ryder
earned two goals in the previous game against Edmonton and now has a career-high 35 for the season with 18 of them occurring since the All-Star Break. Ryder joins Loui Eriksson
, Brett Hull, Mike Modano, and Joe Nieuwendyk as the only Dallas Stars to earn 35-or-more goals in a single season, and is one goal shy of tying Russ Courtnall for the franchise record for most goals by a first-year Star (36 goals in 1992).
Friday’s game will be Dallas’ final contest against a Northwest Division team. The Stars have had great success against teams from the Northwest this season, earning a 14-5-0 record so far. The last time they won 14 against the Northwest was the 2006-07 season (14 wins), with their last 15-win season against that division coming in 2005-06.
5. Kari Lehtonen
is two wins shy of tying his career-high for a season (34). Since the All-StarBreak, Lehtonen has earned a .930 save percentage (SV%) and a 2.04 goals against average (GAA). His .935 road SV% is third-best in the NHL among goaltenders who have played in at least 10 games on the road (#1 is Brian Elliott .943 SV%, #2 is Corey Schneider .939 SV%).