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StarGazing - October 10th vs Phoenix

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

MONDAY’S GAME:

Dallas Stars (1-1-0, 2 points – 2nd, Pacific Division)
vs. Phoenix Coyotes (0-1-0, 0 points - 5th, Pacific Division)
5:00 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center

ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. PHOENIX COYOTES:
Overall: 75-58-18
Home: 36-29-11
Away: 39-29-7
This Season: 0-0-0
10/10/11- vs. Phoenix (5 p.m. CT)
10/25/11 - @ Phoenix (9 p.m. CT)
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: FOX Sports Southwest and Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. The Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes will meet for the 152nd time on Monday night with the Stars holding a 75-58-18 series lead. Dallas and Phoenix have played to four consecutive one goal games, with Phoenix winning three of the four.

2. Dallas’ power play against Phoenix converted at a 30.4% clip last season. The only team the Stars had a higher power play conversion rate against in the Western Conference in 2010-11 was the Chicago Blackhawks (30.8%).

3. Monday’s game in Dallas marks the first time in franchise history that the Stars have played at home on Columbus Day. The club has a 2-4-0 franchise record on the holiday, and are 1-1-0 since moving to Texas. This will be Dallas’ first Columbus Day matchup since Oct. 13, 2003 (3-4 L @ BUF) and are seeking their first win since Oct. 9, 2000 (3-1 W @TOR). The Stars have played against Buffalo, Toronto, NY Rangers (2x), Montreal and Quebec on this date.

4. The Stars outscored Phoenix 7-3 in second periods last season and outshot them 72-50.

5. The Stars will wear a number “37” decal on their helmets this season to honor their former teammate, Karlis Skrastins, who was involved in the tragic Russian airplane accident in September. Skrastins wore number 37 in his two seasons in Dallas.

WHO TO WATCH:

BRENDEN MORROW has more points in his career against the Phoenix Coyotes(21-23-44) than against any other NHL team. No current Star has registered more points against the Coyotes than Morrow.

JAMIE BENN is one point away from recording his 100th career NHL point. Benn will join Brenden Morrow, Jamie Langenbrunner and James Neal as the youngest Dallas Stars to reach 100 points (All were 23 years-old or younger – record DOES NOT include Minnesota North Stars).

SHELDON SOURAY has recorded assists in the first two games of the season (0-2-2). This is the third time in his career that he has opened the season with at least one point in the opening two games.









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