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StarPoints For 4/7 vs Minnesota

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars (35-34-10) @ Minnesota Wild (37-33-9)
7:00PM - Xcel Energy Center
Television - VERSUS
Radio-News/Talk 820 WBAP

1.)  Tonight’s match-up is the fourth and final meeting between the Minnesota Wild and the Dallas Stars this season. The Stars have a chance to sweep the season series with Minnesota tonight, as they have won the first three meetings of 2008-09 by a combined score of 11-7. Since the Wild joined the NHL in the 2000-01 season, they have struggled against Dallas. The Stars boast a 20-8-3 all-time record against Minnesota, including 8-6-1 at the Xcel Energy Center. Dallas has never won all four games in a season against the club and the Wild will likely miss the playoffs if they fall to the Stars again tonight.
 
2.)  Darryl Sydor recorded an assist and posted a +4 rating against St. Louis on Saturday and is now one point shy of 500 for his NHL career. Sydor, 36, is in his third stint with the Stars and has played in 1,241 career NHL games. He has played more than half of his NHL career with Dallas, including helping the Stars win the Stanley Cup in 1999. Sydor ranks 18th on the Stars’ all-Time scoring list. This season, the defenseman has played in 62 games for Dallas, scoring three goals and 12 assists for 15 points on the season.

3.)  Tom Wandell recorded the first and second assists of his NHL career Saturday night against St. Louis. Wandell has skated in his first 11 NHL games this season and now has three NHL points, including a goal he scored in his second game with the Stars. The center spent most of 2008-09 with Timra IK of the Swedish Elite League, skating in 51 games scoring 15 goals and 26 assists for 41 points. Wandell ranked second on the team in scoring at the end of their season. The 21-year-old skated for 15:59 minutes Saturday and posted a +2 rating, both career highs.
 
4.)  Trevor Daley returned to the Stars lineup Saturday against St. Louis after missing four games with a lower-body injury. He scored his second game-winning overtime goal of the season, pushing the Stars past the Blues for the first time this season, 5-4. Daley has scored seven goals this season, setting a new career high. The defenseman has also set a new career high with 25 points, besting his previous high of 24 points, set last season. Daley leads all defensemen on the team in goals and game-winning goals in the 2008-09 campaign.
 
5.)  One to watch for: Marian Gaborik, who has been sidelined for most of the season, returned to the Minnesota lineup just in time for Minnesota’s playoff push. Gaborik has played in only 14 games in 2008-09 for the Wild, but he has scored 10 goals and five assists for 15 points in that time. The 27-year-old underwent surgery on his left hip Jan. 5 and was able to return to Minnesota on Mar. 22. Gaborik is going into tonight’s match-up carrying a four-game goal streak (4-1-5), and the former first-round pick (third overall) in 2000 will be playing in his 500th career NHL game tonight. In 26 career games against the Stars, Gaborik has scored 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points.

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