Dallas Stars (7-2-0, 14 points – 1st, Pacific Division)
vs. Los Angeles Kings (5-2-1, 11 points – 2nd, Pacific Division)
7:30 p.m. CT at American Airlines CenterALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. LOS ANGELES KINGS:
This Season: 0-1-0
10/22/11 – @ Los Angeles (0-1 L)10/27/11 – vs. Los Angeles (7:30 p.m. CT)
11/23/11 – vs. Los Angeles (7:30 p.m. CT)
12/10/11 – @ Los Angeles (9:30 p.m. CT)
1/12/12 – @ Los Angeles (9:30 p.m. CT)
2/12/12 – vs. Los Angeles (5:00 p.m. CT)BROADCAST INFO:
FOX Sports Southwest and Sports Radio 1310 The TicketFIVE THINGS TO WATCH:1.
The Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings will meet for the 210th time on Thursday night. The Stars went 2-4-0 against the Kings last season, sporting a 1-2-0 record against Los Angeles both at home and on the road. The Stars are one of only three teams in the NHL that haven’t lost a game at home (Detroit, Washington).2.
The Stars are looking for their 100th all-time win against the Kings. The Detroit Red Wings are only team the Stars have more wins against all-time (101).3.
Four of the last five games against Los Angeles have been decided by one goal. The Stars haven’t scored more than two goals through regulation or overtime at home against the Kings since December 13, 2007 (scored at least three goals in seven meetings prior).4.
With a 7-2-0 record, rookie head coach Glen Gulutzan is the most recent first-year coach to start a season with a .778 win percentage or higher since Joe Sacco, who started his coaching career going 6-1-2 (.778) in 2009-10 with Colorado. Dan Bylsma started 7-1-1 (.833) after he took over Pittsburgh in February 2009. Todd McLellan started 7-1-1 to begin his career earlier that season with San Jose.5.
The Stars are 4-0-0 at home for just the second time since moving to Dallas. The only other time was in 1998-99, when the Stars won five straight games to begin the season before winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history.WHO TO WATCH:KARI LEHTONEN
is the first goaltender in franchise history to start a season with seven consecutive victories. The last goaltender to win eight consecutive to start a season was Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who went 8-0-0 to start the 2008-09 campaign. The NHL record for the longest winning streak to start a season by a goaltender was set in 1993-94, when Felix Potvin commenced the season winning his first nine games (9-0-0).STEVE OTT’s
seven points (2 G, 5 A) are the most through nine games in his career. Ott had five points through nine games in 2008-09 when he set a career-high in assists (27) and points (46), and in 2009-10 when he set a career-high in goals (22).JAMIE BENN
has points in five of his last six games against the Kings.SHELDON SOURAY
has helped the Stars to a 5-1-0 record this season when the veteran defenseman records a point, and a 2-0-0 mark when he scores a goal.