Dallas Stars (11-3-0, 22 points – 1st, Pacific Division)
at Pittsburgh Penguins (9-3-3, 21 points – 1st, Atlantic Division)
6 p.m. CT at Consol Energy CenterALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:
This Season: 0-0-0at Pittsburgh, 11/11/11
vs. Pittsburgh, 2/29/12BROADCAST INFO:
FOX Sports Southwest and Sports Radio 1310 The TicketFIVE THINGS TO WATCH:1.
The Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins meet for their first of two meetings this season in a matchup between the number one and number two teams in the National Hockey League. Dallas has a 1-4-1 record over their last six games against the Penguins and have not won a game at Pittsburgh since Dec. 23, 2000 (8-2 W). This will be Dallas’ first game at Consol Energy Center after going 19-40-6 all-time at Mellon Arena.2.
Dallas’ 11-3-0 record through their first 14 games of the season is tied for their best start in team history. The Stars went 11-3-0 in 2006-07 and 10-2-2 in 1971-72.3.
Glen Gulutzan and Dan Bylsma face off Friday night for the very first time against each other as the head coach of their respective clubs. Gulutzan and Bylsma both coached for their AHL affiliates prior to being promoted by their NHL club (Gulutzan, Texas Stars – Bylsma, Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins). Both coaches found early success with their respective clubs, with Gulutzan opening his NHL head coaching career with an 11-3-0 record (22 points, .786) and Bylsma earning a 10-1-3 record through his first 14 games behind Pittsburgh’s bench (23 points, .824).4.
Eight different Dallas Stars have registered at least one game-winning goal this season (not including Trevor Daley
’s shootout deciding goal). The Stars are tied with the Nashville Predators for having the most players with a game-winning goal. Through 14 games last season, the Stars had five different players register a game winner.5.
Dallas is on a four-game winning streak (4-0-0), and also have wins in three consecutive road games (3-0-0). In the past three games, Dallas has scored 17 goals (5.6 per game), which accounts for 37.8% of their total offense for the season. Only the Chicago Blackhawks have scored more goals than Dallas in the Western Conference (46 goals in 15 games).WHO TO WATCH:ALEX GOLIGOSKI
is returning to Pittsburgh for the first time since being traded on Feb. 21, 2011 in exchange for James Neal and Matt Niskanen. Since the trade, Goligoski has scored seven goals and 14 assists (21 points) in 37 games with Dallas. Neal and Niskanen have a combined 12 goals, 16 assists (28 points) as members of the Penguins.
is currently on a three-game goal scoring streak (3-0-3), and has goals in four of his last five games overall (4-0-4). The four goals this season, equals Nystrom’s total goal production from last season (82 games played).
is currently on a five-game point streak (3-6-9), and has goals in his past three consecutive games against the Pittsburgh Penguins (4-1-5).