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StarPoints For 3/18 vs Calgary

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars (33-29-8) @ Calgary Flames (40-23-6)
8:00PM - Pengrowth Saddledome
Television - Fox Sports Southwest
Radio-News/Talk 820 WBAP

1.)  Tonight’s match-up marks the third of four meetings this season between the Calgary Flames and the Dallas Stars. The Stars have defeated the Flames in both meetings so far this season. Marty Turco produced a strong performance in the first meeting, Dec. 2 at Calgary, giving Dallas the 3-1 win. In the second meeting, Turco was able to hold Calgary to only one goal again as the Stars won Feb. 3 in Dallas, 3-1. The Stars and Flames will meet once more after tonight’s contest, April 2 at American Airlines Center.
 
2.)  Stephane Robidas has been dishing out the hits all season. At 5-11 and 195 lbs. he is not the biggest on the ice, but he leads the Stars with 202 hits, which ranks 10th in the NHL. The defenseman is in his eighth full NHL season and has set a new career high with 22 assists and is two points away from matching his career high in points. Robidas also ranks first on the team in average time on ice at 24:35 and second in plus/minus with a +11 rating.

3.)  Mike Ribeiro set a new career-high point streak with his assist against Vancouver last night. Ribeiro extended his current point streak to eight games, breaking his old career high of seven, which was set twice, most recently Oct. 13-31, 2007 (4-7-11). The current streak started March  3 at San Jose and he has collected four goals and seven assists for 11 points during that span.
 
4.)  James Neal was credited for Dallas’ first goal last night. With the scoring change, (the goal was originally credited to Stephane Robidas), Neal now has 23 goals on the season, which ranks him second on the team in goals. NHL officials determined that the rookie had tipped the shot from Robidas in the first period. With the goal, Neal has tied Bobby Ryan of Anaheim for the lead in rookie goals this season.
 
5.)  One to watch for: Michael Cammalleri was acquired by Calgary from Los Angeles on June 20, 2008. Cammalleri has taken his goal-scoring ability to a new level with the Flames this season, scoring 34 goals in 68 games. The center’s 34 goals put him tied for seventh in the NHL and his 71 points rank him tied for 13th. He currently leads Calgary in goals and if he holds onto the lead it will be the first time since the 1999-00 season that someone other than Jarome Iginla has led the Flames in scoring to close out the season. In 33 games against the Stars, Cammalleri has scored six goals and nine assists for 15 points.



Author: Dallas Stars Staff

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