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StarPoints For 3/17 vs Vancouver

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars (33-28-8) @ Vancouver Canucks (36-23-9)
9:00PM - GM Place
Television - My27
Radio-News/Talk 820 WBAP

1.)  Tonight’s match-up marks the third of four meetings this season between the Vancouver Canucks and the Dallas Stars. The teams first met Jan. 4 at Vancouver as James Neal scored the shootout-deciding goal as the Stars won, 3-2. The second contest between the two clubs Feb. 13 at Dallas was another close game with the Stars earning a 2-1 victory. The Stars will battle Vancouver once more after tonight’s contest on Mar. 24 in Dallas.
 
2.)  Brendan Morrison will face another former team tonight in the Vancouver Canucks. Morrison spent over seven seasons on the Canucks roster and put up some impressive numbers during his time with the club. The 33-year-old centered a line between current NY Ranger Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi who is now with Calgary. In the 2002-03 season the three forwards combined for 119 goals and 272 points. The following season the group led Vancouver to the Northwest Division crown.

3.)  Nicklas Grossman scored his second goal of the season and first game-winner in overtime against Minnesota last game. The defenseman has been a solid shutdown defender for the Stars this season. He has been credited with 146 hits and has blocked 77 shots in 2008-09. The 24-year-old is in his second season in the NHL and has scored two goals and seven assists for nine points, which are all career highs.
 
4.)  Steve Ott’s two goals Saturday night against Minnesota set a new career high for goals in a game by the forward. Ott has had nine multiple-point games this season and has totaled 36 goals on his NHL career, but has never scored more than one goal in a game. The 26-year-old has set new career highs in every offensive category this season, scoring 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points. Ott is ranked fifth on the team in points.
 
5.)  One to watch for: Mats Sundin, the former Maple Leaf captain, joined the Canucks in January to start his 18th season in the NHL. The center was a free agent at the end of the summer and chose not to sign with a team until late into the year. Sundin has played in 1,332 career NHL games and has recorded 563 goals and 776 assists for 1,339 career NHL points. This season he has played in 27 games, scoring eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points. In 40 career games against Dallas, Sundin has scored 17 goals and 16 assists for 33 points.



Author: Dallas Stars Staff

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