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StarGazing - October 13th vs St. Louis

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

THURSDAY’S GAME:

Dallas Stars (2-1-0, 4 points – 1st, Pacific Division)
vs. St. louis Blues (1-1-0, 2 points - T-3rd, Central Division)
7:30 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center

ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. ST. LOUIS BLUES:
Overall: 98-111-47
Home: 61-42-24
Away: 37-69-23
This Season: 0-0-0
10/13/11- vs. St. Louis (7:30 p.m. CT)
12/26/11 - @ St. Louis (6:30 p.m. CT)
1/16/12 - @ St. Louis (6:30 p.m. CT)
4/7/12 – vs. St. Louis (7:00 p.m. CT)

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

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. The Stars and Blues will meet for the 257th time – which is the most games the Stars have played against any NHL club. Dallas swept the season series against the Blues in 2010-11 for the first time in their franchise history, finishing with a 4-0-0 record.

2. Dallas finished the 2010-11 season with the second-best record in the NHL when trailing after two periods (9-21-4, .265). The club’s nine victories led the NHL in that category with six of those victories coming against the Central Division. The Stars rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues three times last season when down after two periods, outscoring them 7-0 in third periods.

3. The Stars concluded the 2010-11 campaign with a Western Conference leading 14-5-1 record against teams from the Central Division (.725). The 14 wins in 20 games were second only to Chicago, who had 15 wins in 24 games against Central Division teams.

4. Dallas killed off 10 of 11 St. Louis power plays last season (90.9%) – it was the third-best penalty kill percentage that the Stars had against any Western Conference opponent last season (penalty kill percentage better against Nashville, Columbus only).

5. Kari Lehtonen has earned a 6-2-2 record with a .940 save percentage (SV%), a 1.67 goals against average (GAA) and three shutouts in his last 10 home games dating back to last season.

WHO TO WATCH:

KARI LEHTONEN has a 6-1-0 career record and a career 1.69 GAA when facing St. Louis. Only one other team – the Columbus Blue Jackets – have more trouble against Lehtonen, who has a 1.39 career GAA against Columbus.

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 three games of the season (0-3-3). It’s Souray’s first point streak of three games or more since Dec. 15-19, 2009 (1-3-4).









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