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Stars-Rangers Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at New York Rangers


Sunday February 8, 2015
4:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (23-21-8) lost 3-2 at Buffalo Saturday. The Stars fell behind 3-0 in the game by the six-minute mark of the second period and could never catch up. Dallas had a 40-24 shots advantage.

“It's frustrating," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “I still think it starts with us not playing well enough defensively. For about 10 minutes in the second period, they took over. We came back and didn't stop and didn't play the game we needed to play.”

It was the third straight loss (0-2-1) for the Stars, who fell to seven points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

“We’ve thrown away some points we are going to need in April,” said Stars center Cody Eakin. “We need to buckle down and get them back.”

Sunday’s game is the second of a three-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries: LW Travis Moen (lower body), RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) and D Patrik Nemeth (arm) are out.

About the Rangers

The Rangers (30-16-4) lost 3-2 at Nashville Saturday afternoon. Mike Ribeiro’s goal with 7:14 remaining in the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted the Predators to the victory. The Rangers outshot Nashville 32-23.

“It was a good hockey game," Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault said. “Both teams competed really hard, and I really liked the way we played on the road today. We really didn't give them too many opportunities, and a couple of those goals against the puck had eyes and found holes. We spent a lot of time in their end. I like the way we played, and we'll get back at it tomorrow night.”

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Rangers.

F Derek Stepan did not play Saturday due to illness. F Jesper Fast suffered a sprained knee in Saturday’s game and is out.

The Rangers are expected to be without No. 1 goaltender Henrik Lundqvist for at least three weeks. Lundqvist suffered a vascular injury after being hit in the neck with a puck last weekend.

Injuries: F Derek Stepan (illness) is questionable. G Henrik Lundqvist (vascular) and F Jesper Fast (knee) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the second and final meeting between the Stars and Rangers this season.

*The Stars won the first meeting, 3-2, in Dallas on Dec. 29.

*The Stars are 1-3-1 in their last five games at Madison Square Garden.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 2-3-1 since the All-Star break.

*The Rangers are 3-3-0 since the break.

*The Stars are 7-3-2 in their past 12 road games.

*The Rangers are 12-3-0 in their past 15 home games.

*The Stars are 9-10-1 vs. the Eastern Conference.

*The Rangers are 9-3-3 vs. the Western Conference, including 2-2-3 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars rank second in the league in scoring at 3.12 goals per game.

*The Rangers are third in the league in goals against at 2.32 per game.

*The Stars are 9-25 (36.0 percent) on the power play over the past six games.

*The Rangers are 9-10 (90.0 percent) on the penalty kill over the past five games.

*Stars forward Tyler Seguin is tied for the NHL lead in points with 58 (29 goals, 29 assists).

*Rangers forward Rick Nash leads the NHL with 33 goals.

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