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StarPoints For 2/13 vs Vancouver

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars
Vancouver Canucks (26-20-8) @ Dallas Stars (26-20-7)

7:30PM - American Airlines Center
Television - FS Southwest
Radio-News/Talk 820 WBAP

1.)  Tonight’s match-up marks the second of four meetings this season and the first at American Airlines Center between the Vancouver Canucks and the Dallas Stars. The first meeting took place Jan. 4 at Vancouver. The Stars were down 0-2 in the first period until Mike Modano scored with 10 seconds left to play in the first to start the turnaround. Mike Ribeiro was able to tie the game on a power-play goal in the second and the 2-2 tie held to push the game into extra time. A shootout was needed to find a winner in the game and Dallas came out victorious with the club’s fifth shooter, James Neal.
 
2.)  The Dallas Stars have been very physical on the ice as of late. Over the past three games the Stars have recorded 107 hits on opposing squads. Leading the way for the Stars is Stephane Robidas with 144, which puts him tied-for-10th in the NHL in hits. Steve Ott is also ranked in the top-20 in the NHL with 130, including nine hits in Dallas’ 10-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Feb. 6 at American Airlines Center. Rookie James Neal has been contributing by scoring important goals recently but he has also been credited for throwing his body around on the ice. Neal is third on the team in hits with 121 which also ranks third among NHL rookies.
 
3.)  Mike Modano has been a thorn in the Canucks’ side since he first laced up his skates against the club. In 65 games against Vancouver, the 38-year-old has scored 32 goals and 44 assists for 76 points. In the first game between the two clubs this season, Modano struck Vancouver for a goal and an assist. Last season the Livonia, Michigan native lit the Canucks up for two goals and an assist in four games. With a 1.17 points-per-game average against Vancouver, the Canuck defenders will definitely be trying to shutdown Modano tonight.
 
4.)  Mats Sundin returned to the NHL Jan. 7 and struggled early to keep up with the pace of the game. The former captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs decided to join the Vancouver Canucks after sitting out almost half of the 2008-09 season as a free agent. The first five games were forgettable for Sundin as he recorded only two points and a -4 rating. However, the Bromma, Sweden native has been heating up over the past few games, scoring four goals and three assists in his last four. After playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs for over 13 seasons, the center has adjusted to his new teammates and is once again a serious offense threat.
 
5.)  One Two to watch for: Henrik and Daniel Sedin, the identical twins who have played together for Vancouver since the 2000-01 season, are having another excellent campaign for the Canucks. These two brothers play on Vancouver’s top line and are a dangerous combination on the ice. Both have played in all 54 of Vancouver’s games this season and they have scored a combined 33 goals and 69 assists for 102 points. Daniel currently leads the club in points with 51 and Henrik is right on his heels for second with 48. The natives of Ornskoldsvik, Sweden have struggled against the Stars; Daniel has scored 7 goals and 8 assists for 15 points in 28 games and Henrik has recorded 3 goals and 11 assists for 14 points in 27 games against Dallas. The Stars will need to knock these twins off their game again tonight to take down the Canucks.



Author: Dallas Stars Staff

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