NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, October 23rd
(All times eastern)
Nashville Predators (3-0-3) at Dallas Stars (5-1-0), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Both the Predators and Stars have played in their fair
share of games past regulation already this season, but only Dallas has had
success beyond 65 minutes.
Dallas will try to deal Nashville a fourth straight setback this evening when
the two clubs clash at American Airlines Center.
The Stars are off to a 5-1-0 start, winning their first four games of the
season and taking three of those games past regulation. After suffering their
first loss of the season on Monday, the Stars rebounded with a 4-1 road
triumph over the Panthers.
Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves, Tom Wandell scored twice and James Neal lit the
lamp for a fourth game in a row. Steve Ott also had a goal and Jamie Benn
notched three assists after missing the previous three games due to
"Tremendous performance tonight," stated Stars head coach Marc Crawford.
About the only thing that went wrong for the Stars was forward Brad Richards
failing to record a point for the first time in six games this season.
Lehtonen should get the call again tonight as he is 3-0-0 with a 1.95 goals-
against average in his career versus the Preds, while Neal has a pair of goals
and six assists in eight games against them.
Nashville will try to halt its current losing streak that features three
straight overtime losses since the club started the season with three wins in
a row. All told, the Predators' last five games have been decided by just one
goal, including Thursday's 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh.
Patric Hornqvist had a third-period tally to put Nashville in front, but the
Penguins' Sidney Crosby had the equalizer with 7:04 left in the frame before
Kris Letang beat Pekka Rinne, who made 34 saves, with 1:11 remaining in OT.
"The third period, I don't know if we got a little bit tired, but they kind of
got the momentum and they had a little bit more chances," Rinne said. "They
took advantage of that and scored a couple goals."
David Legwand and Cody Franson also scored for Preds, while Martin Erat added
The Predators and Stars have split their four-game series in each of the
previous two seasons, though Nashville has lost three of four and 10 of its
last 13 in Dallas.
Rinne is 1-1-0 with a 2.79 GAA in his career when facing the Stars.
10/23 10:36:33 ET