NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, February 14th
(All times eastern)
Dallas Stars (35-20-5) at Phoenix Coyotes (28-25-4), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Pacific Division-leading Dallas Stars will try to set a
franchise record for consecutive wins, as they wrap a home-and-home set with
the Coyotes tonight at Phoenix's Jobing.com Arena.
The Stars have reeled off seven straight wins for the fourth time in team
history, having last done it from November 22-December 5, 1997 before this
current run. The Stars extended their streak on Monday with a 2-1 home win
Mike Modano's power-play goal late in the third was the game winner, and Steve
Ott also posted a third-period goal. Modano added an assist and Jere Lehtinen
posted two helpers.
Marty Turco stopped 19 shots after missing two games because of a sore neck
and has been in net for five of Dallas' seven wins. He has a 1.57 goals-
against average over the winning burst, and improved to 14-7-0 and a tie in 28
career games (21 starts) versus Phoenix with a 2.47 GAA.
Dallas is second in the Western Conference and leads the Pacific Division with
75 points, four more than second-place Anaheim. The Stars have won five in a
row on the road, and are 17-11-3 outside of Dallas this year. This is the
first of back-to-back road tests for the Stars, who play in Anaheim on Friday.
Niko Kapanen netted a first-period goal for the Coyotes, and Ilya Bryzgalov
was solid with a career-high tying 42 saves, but it wasn't enough as Phoenix
lost its fourth straight and for the sixth time in its last seven games.
Bryzgalov is now in the midst of a personal six-game winless stretch, going
0-3-2 in that span. He has given up three goals in four of those six tests.
Bryzgalov is 1-3-1 with a 2.18 GAA in nine career appearances versus Dallas.
Shane Doan leads the club with 36 assists and 54 points, but missed Monday's
game due to a groin ailment. Doan also leads all Phoenix skaters in career
points versus the Stars, notching 22 goals and 22 assists in 65 games against
them, but is considered questionable for tonight.
Phoenix is fourth in the Pacific Division and is 11th in the conference, five
points back of a playoff spot.
The Coyotes, 11-13-2 at home this year, will play five of their next six in
Phoenix and they'll host Los Angeles on Saturday.
Dallas and Phoenix have now split four meetings so far this year, but the
Stars have won five of seven, 10 of 13 and 12 of the last 16 in the series.
That includes wins in eight of the last 10 in Phoenix.
02/14 10:33:46 ET