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StarGazing - October 7th vs Chicago

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

FRIDAY’S GAME:

Dallas Stars (42-29-11, 95 points - 9th, Western Conference in 2010-11)
vs. Chicago Blackhawks (44-29-9, 97 points - 8th, Western Conference in 2010-11)
7:30 CST at American Airlines Center

ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS:
Overall: 96-116-34
Home: 60-47-17
Away: 36-69-17
This Season: 0-0-0
10/7/11- vs. Chicago (7:30 CT)
10/8/11 - @ Chicago (7:30 CT)
2/23/12 - @ Chicago (7:30 CT)
3/16/12 - vs. Chicago (7:30 CT)

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

SIX THINGS TO WATCH:

1. Glen Gulutzan is set to make his NHL debut Friday night against Chicago, becoming the 21st head coach in franchise history, and the club’s 19th person to coach their first game as a member of the Stars. Gulutzan will also be the 27th different coach to make his NHL debut since the lockout and the third new hiree the Blackhawks have faced in that span (others were Anaheim’s Randy Carlyle and St. Louis’ Davis Payne).

2. Dallas will open its 18th NHL season in Texas and its 44th in franchise history. The Stars come into the 2011-12 campaign just 48 wins shy of equaling their win total as the Minnesota North Stars (758 games won). The club’s opening night record stands at 17-14-12 with a 9-2-6 total since moving to Texas.

3. Friday night’s game against Chicago marks just the second time in franchise history that the club has opened the season against the Blackhawks (1991-92 other), it’s also the second time the Stars have opened a season with a home-and-home series (1992-93 vs. STL other), and the fifth time overall to commence the season on back-to-back nights.

4. The Stars converted on 4 of 13 power play opportunities last season against Chicago (30.8%) – that was the highest power play conversion rate the Stars had against any Western Conference opponent. Dallas also killed off 17 of 19 Chicago power plays (89.5%).

5. Dallas finished the preseason with a 6-1-0 record. It was the first time since the club moved to Texas that the Stars have won that many games in a single preseason. Mike Ribeiro was the NHL preseason scoring leader (2-8-10). Dallas’ 29 goals scored led all NHL teams.

6. 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:

KARI LEHTONEN has a 3-1-0 record against the Blackhawks in his career, earning one shutout and a 1.72 goals against average (GAA). Lehtonen finished the final eight home games of the 2010-11 season with a 4-2-2 record, a 1.86 GAA and a .927 save percentage (SV%) with three shutouts.

BRENDEN MORROW has more points in his career against the Chicago Blackhawks (13-17-30), than against any other Central Division team.

MIKE RIBEIRO led the NHL preseason in scoring with 2 goals, 8 assists (10 points).









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