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StarGazing - November 25th vs Toronto

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

Michael Ryder

FRIDAY’S GAME:
Dallas Stars (13-8-0, 26 points – 2nd, Pacific Division)
vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (12-8-2, 26 points – 2nd, Northeast Division)
7:30 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center

ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS:
Overall: 89-86-28
Home: 52-36-11
Away: 37-50-17
This Season: 0-0-0
11/25/11 – vs. Toronto

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

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. The Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs meet for their first and only game of the season. Dallas lost the lone meeting between these two clubs last season by a final score of 4-1, and have only played Toronto six times in the last eight seasons.

2.  Friday’s contest between the Stars and Maple Leafs will be the first in Dallas since Oct. 28,
2009. Toronto has not won a game in Texas since Oct. 22, 2002, when they defeated the Stars 3-1.

3. The Stars’ 89 all-time victories against the Maple Leafs are the most they have against any Eastern Conference opponent in their team history. The only teams the Stars have more victories against all-time are the Detroit Red Wings (101), the Los Angeles Kings (100), the St. Louis Blues (99), and the Chicago Blackhawks (97). In fact, the next highest win total the Stars have against an Eastern Conference foe are the Pittsburgh Penguins, who the Stars have defeated 57 times.

4. The game on Friday night marks the 13th consecutive season that the Stars will play on the day after Thanksgiving and the 14th time overall since the club moved to Texas. Dallas has earned points in eight of the previous 12 games on Black Friday posting a 6-4-2 record since 1998 (11 of 12 games have been at home). It will be Dallas’ second meeting against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Black Friday, having beaten them 3-1 on Nov. 23, 2008.

5. After allowing the opposition over 30 shots in nine consecutive games, the Stars have allowed fewer than 25 shots the past two contests – it’s the first time this season Dallas has accomplished that feat. The last time the Stars allowed the opposition fewer than 25 shots for three consecutive games was last season between April 5-10, when they went four games allowing fewer than 25 shots.

WHO TO WATCH:

STEVE OTT has scored the game-winning goal the past two games for Dallas.

MICHAEL RYDER
has a two-game point streak (1-1-2). His teams have a 7-3-0 record against the Maple Leafs when he scores a goal. Additionally, Ryder’s last hat trick came against the Maple Leafs (April, 7, 2007 – 3 goals) – it was one of two in his career (other against Philadelphia).

KARI LEHTONEN
has allowed a total of six goals in the past three games after allowing six against the Florida Panthers on Nov. 15. In the past three contests, Lehtonen has 1.98 goals against average and a .930 save percentage including a 42-save effort against the Colorado Avalanche.
















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