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StarPoints For 2/8 vs Nashville

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars

Nashville Predators (25-24-3) @ Dallas Stars (25-19-7)
5:00PM - American Airlines Center
Television - FS Southwest
Radio-News/Talk 820 WBAP

1.)  Tonight’s match-up marks the fourth and final meeting of the season between the Nashville Predators and the Dallas Stars. The Predators have taken two of the three games. The Stars second game of the season and first against the Predators ended in a 3-1 defeat in Nashville Oct. 11. The Stars were able to record their first win of the season against Nashville Oct. 15 at American Airlines Center. The game was a special night for Dallas rookie Fabian Brunnstrom as he became only the third player in NHL history to score a hat trick in his NHL debut. The Stars outshot Nashville 28-19 and held onto the lead to win the game, 6-4. The Predators took the third meeting Dec. 13 in Nashville as the Stars were shutout, 3-0. The Stars will look to even the season series tonight against the Predators.
 
2.)  Brad Richards has been able to contribute on a consistent basis lately. In his first full season with the Stars, Richards has scored 14 goals and 31 assists for 45 points putting him second on the team in points and assists. In the last five games, the 28-year-old has recorded two goals and four assists and was credited with the game-winning goal Feb. 6 vs. NY Rangers. During the five-game stretch, Richards has been credited with 17 shots on goal and a plus four rating. The Murray Harbour, PEI native has become a major part of the Stars offense and is on pace to hit over 72 points this season.
 
3.)  Fabian Brunnstrom made his return Friday night against the New York Rangers after missing 16 games with an injury. Brunnstrom played one game in the AHL with Manitoba and missed three more games because of the flu. In his first game back the young rookie contributed right away scoring a goal and earning two helpers. Brunnstrom has played in 32 games this season recording 11 goals and six assists for 17 points. Friday night was the third multiple-point game of the season for the Jonstrop, Sweden native, and his first three point game since his season debut, when he scored a hat trick Oct. 15 at Nashville.
 
4.)  Matt Niskanen is currently on a four-game assist streak and has become a major factor in the Stars’ offensive production. The four-game point streak ties a career high set earlier this season, Dec. 16-23 (1-4-5). The 22-year-old has recorded seven points and a +7 rating on the current streak. The Virginia, Minnesota native has jumped up the Dallas Stars scoring list and currently leads all defensemen and is tied for sixth overall in points with 23 (four goals, 19 assists). Niskanen also leads all defensemen in multiple-point games this season with four after his three-assist performance against the Rangers Feb. 6 at American Airlines Center.
 
5.)  One to watch for: Shea Weber is a leader for the Norris Trophy this season, awarded to the NHL’s best defensemen. Through 51 games this season, Weber has scored 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points, good for fourth in overall points on the Nashville roster. The 23-year-old defensemen battled injuries in the 2007-08 season and skated in only 54 games. This season the Sicamous, British Columbia native has been able to stay in the lineup and contribute as an offensive defensemen. Weber’s 14 goals put him second overall in the NHL in defensemen goals. The Dallas Stars will have to be aware of Weber on offense and defense tonight.


Author: Dallas Stars Staff

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