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StarPoints For 2/6 vs New York Rangers

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars

New York Rangers (29-18-5) @ Dallas Stars (24-19-7)
7:30PM - American Airlines Center
Television - FS Southwest
Radio-News/Talk 820 WBAP

1.)  Tonight’s match-up marks the second and final meeting of the season between the Dallas Stars and the New York Rangers. The first meeting took place Oct. 20 at Madison Square Garden and featured an exciting goaltender duel between Marty Turco and the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist. The Stars let in an early goal 58 seconds into the first period, but Brenden Morrow was able to tie the game in the second period on the power play. Mike Modano scored 8:03 into the third period to give the Stars the lead and Turco held on for the win, stopping 28 of 29 shots. Last season, the only meeting between the two teams took place in Madison Square Garden on Nov. 25 and resulted in a 3-2 Dallas win, despite the Stars being outshot 41-18 in the game. Brenden Morrow scored the gamewinner in the third period to put the Rangers away.
2.)  Tonight’s match-up will be a special game for Stars center Joel Lundqvist, as will be shooting against his twin brother, Rangers goaltender, Henrik. This will be the fourth time the two brothers play against each other in an NHL contest. Growing up in Sweden, Joel and Henrik both played for the same club, Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg. Joel has yet to score on his older brother (older by 40 minutes), but the Stars have gone 2-1-0 against Henrik in the net.
3.)  Stephane Robidas is having a strong season as the go-to-guy for shutting down opposing forwards. The 2009 All-Star is ranked 11th in the NHL with 133 hits through 46 games, including five hits in the Stars’ 3-1 win over Calgary on Feb. 3. Robidas currently leads the team with a +13 rating, 76 blocked shots and an average of 24:20 minutes of ice time. The Sherbrooke, Quebec, native is also tied for the team lead in defensive scoring with 19 points (two goals, 17 assists), including six assists on the power play. The Stars will need Robidas to continue his high level of play as the team moves toward the playoffs.
4.)  The Stars’ five-game winning streak was snapped last night in a 3-2 loss to Colorado at the Pepsi Center. With their longest winning streak of the season, the Stars moved themselves from 12th place in the Western Conference to seventh before tonight’s game. Only two points separate the Stars from fifth place and they will have the chance to move up the standings tonight against the Rangers. Dallas outscored its opponents 18 to 7 during those five games.
5.)  One to watch for: Scott Gomez, who currently sits in second on the Rangers’ scoring list, is a difficult playmaker to defend. The center has 10 goals and 26 assists through 47 games this season, although compared to previous seasons, those numbers are slightly disappointing. However, this Anchorage native has the ability to make opposing squads suffer and can get hot at any moment, as evident from his nine multiple-point games this season. The 29-year-old has been especially dangerous on the power play, recording 10 assists. Dallas has only met Gomez in 10 games during his nine-year career and the Stars have effectively defended him – entering tonight’s contest, the center has no goals and three assists against Dallas.

Author: Dallas Stars Staff

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