NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, February 13th (All times eastern)
Dallas Stars (27-21-12) at Phoenix Coyotes (37-20-5), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Having picked up just their second win in their last 15 road games two days ago, the Dallas Stars will next try to halt a four-game slide at Phoenix tonight in a meeting with the Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena.
The Stars played the middle portion of a three-game road trip on Thursday, heading to Calgary off a shootout loss to Chicago two days earlier. Dallas was 1-10-3 in its last 14 on the road, but knocked off the Flames, 3-1, to get within a point of Calgary for the eighth spot in the Western Conference.
Marty Turco made 33 saves, stopping every shot that came off of a Flames stick. The lone goal against him was actually put into the net by teammate Brenden Morrow, who accidentally deposited the puck into his own goal while trying to kill a penalty.
Mike Ribeiro scored a pair of goals in the win, including an empty-net tally just moments after the Flames had a potential game-tying goal waived off. Ribeiro notched his first multi-goal game since February 28 of last season and has three goals and an assist in two contests since a 15-game absence because of a throat injury.
"I thought we got better as the game went on," said Dallas head coach Marc Crawford. "We stuck around tonight and I thought in the third period we had the better of the chances."
Turco is 3-1-1 with a 1.38 goals-against average over his last five starts, which includes a 34-save shutout of the Coyotes on December 6. That 4-0 home victory snapped Dallas' six-game losing streak to Phoenix, which hasn't lost at home to the Stars since November 15, 2008.
Jamie Benn, who scored versus the Flames on Thursday, had a pair of goals for the Stars in their last meeting with the Coyotes.
Phoenix comes into this contest having lost just twice in its last 10 games. The club had a two-game win streak halted last night with a 2-1 setback at Colorado.
Martin Hanzal scored the lone goal off assists from Shane Doan and Petr Prucha, while Ilya Bryzgalov made 23 saves. Phoenix went 0-for-5 on the power play and is scoreless in its last 16 chances on the man advantage over four games.
"We had some chances to score a goal, but we did not capitalize," Bryzgalov said. "We got three power plays in the third period but we didn't shoot the puck to the net. We only have to blame ourselves. We have two opportunities afterwards and we took penalty after penalty and shot ourselves in the foot."
Phoenix, fourth in the West with 79 points, has won four straight and six of its last seven at home, where it is 22-8-2 this season. The Coyotes play their next five at Jobing.com Arena, with four of those coming after the Olympic break.
Doan, Peter Mueller and Keith Yandle all have a goal and three assists versus the Stars this year, while Bryzgalov is 3-1-0 with a 2.50 GAA in this year's season series.
02/13 10:46:16 ET