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StarPoints For 3/29 vs Anaheim

by Travis Betts / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars (33-28-14) @ Anaheim Ducks (35-31-8)
9:00PM CT - Honda Center
Television - FOX Sports Southwest
Radio - Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket

1.)  Monday’s game is the fifth matchup of the year between the Stars and the Ducks. Dallas is 3-0-1 against Anaheim this season, winning the last game 5-3 on New Year’s Eve. Loui Eriksson notched a hat trick in the game, and Brad Richards added a goal and two assists. The teams will play one more time on April 8 at American Airlines Center.

2.)  The Stars have a chance to grab their third win in four games on the road. With wins at Nashville (3-1 on March 23) and at Los Angeles (4-1 on March 27), a win Monday would give Dallas six points on a road trip for the first time all season. It is also the last game of the season on the West coast, meaning the game will start later than usual (9:00 CT).

3.)  Kari Lehtonen is scheduled to get the start in goal for the Stars, which will break Marty Turco’s streak of 15 consecutive starts against Anaheim (21 including playoffs). Lehtonen has performed well of late, going 2-0 with a .969 save percentage in his last two starts. Lehtonen has won four of his last five starts, allowing only seven even-strength goals in the process.
4.)  Brenden Morrow has also played well lately, with points in four of his last five games, and eight points (3-5-8) in his last seven contests. The Stars’ captain tied a career-high with his four points (2-2-4) against San Jose on March 16. With 18 goals on the season, Morrow is just two away from his sixth career 20-goal season.
5.)  One to watch for:  Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne leads all active players with 34 goals and 70 points against Dallas in his career. The 39-year-old Finn became just the 18th player in NHL history to score 600 goals when he netted the game-winner on March 21 against Colorado. He is just the third European-born player to reach the milestone, after Jaromir Jagr and Jari Kurri. Selanne has heated up lately, scoring eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last seven games.

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