NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, March 18th
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (28-40-3) at Dallas Stars (42-24-5), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars have a quick turnaround following a tough
loss on Saturday, as the club returns home to take on the reeling Phoenix
Coyotes in a Pacific Division matchup from American Airlines Arena.
Dallas entered Saturday's tussle with the Western Conference-leading Nashville
Predators having won four consecutive games. The Predators managed to end that
streak, though, with a 3-2 decision at the Gaylord Entertainment Center behind
a two-goal performance from Kimmo Timmonen.
Both of the Stars' tallies came from Mike Modano, who surpassed Hall of Famer
Joe Mullen as the NHL's all-time leading goal scorer among American-born
players. The 36-year-old now has 503 markers over the course of his brilliant
career, and has recorded a goal in four straight contests.
Marty Turco finished with 21 saves in the loss, which was a costly one for
Dallas. The Stars began the day locked in a three-way tie with Minnesota and
San Jose for fifth place in the Western Conference. Both the Wild and Sharks
won on Saturday, sending Dallas into sole possession of the seventh spot.
The Stars also lost defenseman Stephane Robidas, who was taken off the ice
with a concussion after being punched by Nashville's Jordin Tootoo in the
third period. Robidas is not expected to play tonight.
Dallas brings a three-game home win streak into this evening's test and owns a
24-10-2 season mark at home.
Phoenix's struggles resumed on Saturday, when the Coyotes were dealt a 6-3
setback by red-hot Colorado at Jobing.com Arena. Joe Sakic and Paul Stastny
each netted two goals to lead the Avalanche to the easy win.
Bill Thomas, Shane Doan and Jeremy Roenick all scored for the Coyotes, but
goaltender Curtis Joseph was roughed up for six goals on just 31 shots.
The loss was Phoenix's seventh in eight games, and the club has posted a
dismal 3-13-1 record since February 7. The Coyotes have also been poor on the
road throughout the year, having posted just a 13-22-1 mark as the visitor.
The Stars had taken the first four meetings in this year's season series
before the Coyotes came through with a 5-2 triumph at the American Airlines
Center on January 9. The win was Phoenix's third in its last five trips to
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