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StarGazing - November 26th vs Phoenix

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

Vernon Fiddler

SATURDAY’S GAME:
Dallas Stars (13-8-1, 27 points – 2nd, Pacific Division)
vs. Phoenix Coyotes (11-7-3, 25 points – 4th, Pacific Division)
7 p.m. CT at Jobing.com Arena

ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. PHOENIX COYOTES:
Overall: 75-58-18
Home: 37-29-11
Away: 39-29-7
This Season: 1-0-0
10/10/11 – vs. Phoenix (W 2-1)
10/25/11 – @ Phoenix (W 3-2)
11/26/11 – @ Phoenix (7 p.m. CT)
2/7/12 – vs. Phoenix (7:30 p.m. CT)
2/18/12 – @ Phoenix (7 p.m. CT)
3/20/12 – vs. Phoenix (7 p.m. CT)

BROADCAST INFO: TXA 21 and Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. The Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes meet for their third of six contests this season. Dallas has won both games against the Coyotes in the season series in the shootout. In fact, the Stars and Coyotes have played to six consecutive one-goal games, with Dallas holding a 3-1-2 record in these contests.

2.  The Dallas Stars have the top record in the NHL in one-goal games this season. The Stars have earned a 7-1-0 record, while the Coyotes are 24th in the NHL with a 3-2-3 record.

3. In both games against Phoenix this season, Dallas has managed to score within the final 1:30 of regulation to send the game into overtime. Loui Eriksson scored the game-tying goal with 0:28 left in regulation on Oct. 10 to tie the game, where the Stars eventually won in the shootout. On Oct. 25, Adam Burish scored with 1:01 left to tie the game (Stars won game in shootout 3-2). Five of Dallas’ 20 third-period goals this season have come within the final five minutes of regulation. Four of the last eight third period goals between these two clubs have been scored in the final 1:01 of the third period.

4. The Dallas Stars are the only team in the NHL that have yet to lose a game in overtime or shootout this season. Dallas has gone to overtime four times this season, earning two victories in the shootout and two in overtime (both shootout wins vs. PHX).

5. Entering Friday night’s game against Toronto, the Stars are four points away from earning their 3,500th point in the standings. When they earn their 3,500th point, the Stars will be the 10th club in NHL history to accomplish that feat. They will also be the third of five teams that entered the league in 1967-68 to reach 3,500.

WHO TO WATCH:

KARI LEHTONEN has a 3-0-1 record with a .954 save percentage (SV%) and a 1.41 goals against average (GAA) against the Phoenix Coyotes in his last four games against them. In eight career games, Lehtonen has earned a .925 SV% or higher in six games against them.

VERNON FIDDLER
was a member of the Phoenix Coyotes for two seasons. Fiddler has scored three goals and five assists in 21 games with the Dallas Stars this season.

LOUI ERIKSSON
enters Friday’s game against Toronto with a team leading 10 goals.
















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