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StarPoints For 3/12 vs Carolina

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars

Carolina Hurricanes (36-27-6) @ Dallas Stars (31-28-8)
7:30PM - American Airlines Center
Television - KDFI My27
Radio-News/Talk 820 WBAP

1.)  Thursday’s contest marks the first and only meeting between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Dallas Stars this season. The two clubs last met Nov. 18, 2006 in Carolina and have played each other only 20 times since the 1993-94 season. The Stars hold an 11-6-3 record and have outscored the Hurricanes 60 to 43 in the last 15 seasons.
 
2.)  Brian Sutherby continues to become a reliable and versatile forward for the Stars. The center, who was to become an unrestricted free agent in July, signed a two-year contract extension to stay with the Stars beyond the 2008-09 season. Sutherby joined the Stars via trade with Anaheim on Dec. 14, 2008 and has played in 35 games for Dallas, recording four goals and nine assists. The 27-year-old is a strong penalty killer and is one of two Stars to score a goal while shorthanded this season.

3.)  James Neal is competing against the NHL’s best rookies for the Calder Trophy this season. The Calder Trophy is awarded to the League’s best rookie at the end of each season. In 62 games, he has recorded 22 goals and 11 assists for 33 points. Neal currently ranks first on the team in power-play goals (8) and second in overall goals. The 21-year-old ranks first among rookies in shots (138), tied for first in power-play goals, second in overall goals and sixth in scoring.
 
4.)  Right wing Landon Wilson returned to the Stars lineup March 6 at Anaheim after missing 27 games with an upper-body injury sustained Jan. 4. The 33-year-old has played in three games since his return, registering seven hits and seeing his ice time steadily increase. Wilson has skated in 22 games for the Stars this season, notching two goals and six assists. He ranks third on the team with a plus-6 rating.
 
5.)  One to watch for: Eric Staal, one of three Staal brothers currently in the NHL, Eric is the oldest and most explosive on the ice. Currently in his fifth NHL season, all with Carolina, Staal leads the Canes in scoring with 32 goals and 27 assists for 59 points through 69 games. Staal was named the First Star of the Week by the NHL for his nine-point performance during the week ending March 8, including a six-point night (four goals, two assists) at Tampa Bay on March 7. The four goals and six points were both career highs. He has led the Hurricanes in scoring in two of his four seasons with the club. The 24-year-old’s best season was 2005-06, when he scored 100 points (45g, 55a) as he led the Hurricanes to their first and only Stanley Cup. Staal has played three career games against the Stars, and notched a hat trick Nov. 18, 2006.



Author: Dallas Stars Staff

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