NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 15th
(All times eastern)
Dallas Stars (5-8-3) at Phoenix Coyotes (8-7-0), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars will try to snap a three-game losing
streak and win for just the second time in seven games when they visit the
Phoenix Coyotes for tonight's Pacific Division matchup at Jobing.com Arena.
The Stars made it to last year's Western Conference finals before bowing out
to Detroit, but haven't resembled the team that made that deep playoff run at
all this season.
Dallas is last in the Pacific Division with just 13 points and is coming off
being swept in a home-and-home series by the Los Angeles Kings, a team that
was picked by many to be the worst team in the West this season.
The Stars dropped both meetings with the Kings by 3-2 scores, losing Tuesday's
road test in a shootout before getting beat in regulation at home on Thursday.
Kyle Quincey's wrister early in the second proved to be the game-winner as LA
completed the sweep at American Airlines Center.
Brad Richards and Mike Ribeiro tallied for the Stars. Richards also notched an
assist, and Marty Turco stopped 26-of-29 shots in taking the loss.
Turco, a three-time All-Star, has a 4-7-3 record this year and his goals
against average of 3.70 and .865 save percentage are the worst numbers in the
NHL by any goaltender with five or more starts in 2008-09.
The Stars are just 3-6-1 as the visiting team this year and have lost four of
their last five road tests.
Phoenix had won a season-high three straight games before getting blanked in
Minnesota on Thursday. Marek Zidlicky scored his first two goals of the
season, and Niklas Backstrom made 24 saves for his second shutout of the year
as the Wild topped the Coyotes, 4-0, at Xcel Energy Center.
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 28 shots for the Coyotes, but fell to 7-6-0 on the
Tonight marks the first of two straight at home for Phoenix, which is 5-2-0 in
Glendale this season.
The Coyotes have taken three of four and five of the last seven meetings with
the Stars, but Dallas has picked up wins in nine of 12 trips to the desert.
11/15 10:55:43 ET