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StarPoints For 3/26 vs Los Angeles

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars

Los Angeles Kings (30-33-10) @ Dallas Stars (33-32-8)
7:30PM - American Airlines Center
Television - Fox Sports Southwest
Radio-News/Talk 820 WBAP

1.)  Tonight’s match-up is the fifth of six meetings between the Los Angeles Kings and the Dallas Stars. The Stars have had trouble with the Kings, having defeated the club only once this season, a 3-2 shootout win on Jan. 17. In the four games between the two teams this season three have gone into overtime. The Stars are 95-62-37 all time against the Kings, including 61-24-13 at home.
2.)  Brendan Morrison’s goal Tuesday night against the Canucks was his 500th career NHL point. The feat was somewhat ironic since Morrison scored 393 of his NHL career points in a Vancouver uniform. The 33-year-old’s best season was 2002-03 when he recorded 71 points with the Canucks. In 10 games with the Stars this season, Morrison has scored three goals and one assist.

3.)  Many Stars have hit career highs in 2008-09. Nicklas Grossman, Matt Niskanen, Trevor Daley, Krys Barch, Loui Eriksson, Chris Conner, Stephane Robidas and Steve Ott have all tied or broken their career highs for points this season. Mike Ribeiro currently has a firm grip on the team lead in points and it will likely be his third-straight season to finish the year at the top of the Stars’ scoring list. Marty Turco is also on pace to set a career high in games played with 69 games so far this season. His career high is 73 games, set in 2003-04.
4.)  Tonight’s matchup is the second of a three-game homestand for the Stars. The next two home games will be extremely important to the Stars’ playoff hopes as they close out the 2008-09 season. The Stars will face their final Eastern Conference opponent Saturday, Mar. 28 when the Florida Panthers come to Dallas. The Stars hold an 8-6-3 record against Eastern Conference teams and a 3-1-1 record against Southeast Division teams this season. The Stars have only two home games left in the regular season after Saturday’s game.
5.)  One to watch for: Anze Kopitar, the first player from Slovenia to play in the NHL, is playing in his third NHL season and is developing into one of the premier playmakers in the league. The center has played in 227 NHL games, scoring 77 goals and 122 assists for 199 points. His production has dipped slightly this year from last when he recorded 77 points in 82 games in 2007-08, but he currently leads the Kings in points for the second year in a row. Kopitar has played in 19 games against the Stars scoring four goals and nine assists for 13 points.

Author: Dallas Stars Staff

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