Stars-Red Wings Preview

Dallas Stars at Detroit Red Wings
Tuesday January 22
6:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (1-1-0) are coming off a 1-0 loss at Minnesota on Sunday. Goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp was outstanding in his NHL debut, stopping 31 of 32 shots, but the Stars were unable to muster a goal or many chances against the Wild and goaltender Josh Harding.

“We got the chance in the last minute, but otherwise they blocked all the shots,” said Dallas forward Jaromir Jagr. “It was tough to get any chances.”

Kari Lehtonen is the likely starter in goal for the Stars.

C Jamie Benn, a restricted free agent, remains unsigned.

Injuries: D Aaron Rome (groin) is day-to-day.

About the Red Wings

The Red Wings (1-1-0) won 4-3 in a shootout at Columbus on Monday. Pavel Datsyuk scored the game-tying goal with 6:04 remaining and Damien Brunner scored the lone goal of the shootout for the Red Wings, who bounced back after being routed in their season opener, 6-0, at St. Louis.

“This was an important game tonight,” said Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard, who stopped 30 of 33 shots. “You don’t want to go down 0-2, especially in the shortened season. Two points are key. We got them. Now we want to enjoy this on the flight home.”

Tuesday’s game will be the home opener for Detroit.

Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith is the older brother of Stars forward Reilly Smith.

Tomas Holmstrom is expected to officially announce his retirement on Tuesday. He joins former Detroit teammate Nicklas Lidstrom, who retired in May. Those two were members of four Stanley Cup championship teams in Detroit.

Injuries:  D Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder) is questionable. F Darren Helm (back), F Todd Bertuzzi (illness), F Jan Mursak (collarbone) D Jakub Kindl (groin) and G Jonas Gustavsson (groin) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the first of three meetings between the Stars and Red Wings this season.

*The Stars were 0-3-1 (1 point) against the Red Wings last season.

*The Red Wings were 4-0-0 (8 points) against the Stars last season.

*The Stars are 101-103-36 all-time against Detroit.

Statistical tidbits

*Detroit was scoreless the first 81:10 of the season before defenseman Matt Lashoff, who was making his NHL debut, scored to give Detroit a 1-0 lead over Columbus Monday night.

*The Red Wings have struggled on special teams their first two games. They have failed to score on the power play in 11 tries, and have allowed 6 power play goals in 12 shorthanded situations.

*The Stars have scored two power play goals and allowed two power play goals through the first two games.

*Stars forward Loui Eriksson has a ten-game points streak against the Red Wings, registering 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) during that stretch. Eriksson has 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 23 career games against Detroit.

*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen is 3-5-0 vs. Detroit in his career with a 3.40 goals against average and .906 save percentage. At Joe Louis Arena, he’s 2-2-0 with a 2.26 goals against average and .946 save percentage.

 Statistical matchup

Category Stars Red Wings
Record 1-1-0 1-1-0
Home 1-0-0 0-0-0
Away 0-1-0 1-1-0
Goals/game 2.00 1.50
Goals against/game 2.00 4.50
Shots/game 25.0 28.0
Shots against/game 36.0 34.5
Power play 2-8 (25.0%) 0-11 (0.0%)
Penalty kill 6-8 (75.0%) 6-12 (50.0%)
Faceoffs 48.3% 50.4%
Team Leaders Stars Red Wings
Points Jagr: 4 Datsyuk, Kronwall: 2
Goals Jagr: 2 Datsyuk, White, Lashoff: 1
Assists Jagr, Robidas: 2 Kronwall: 2
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 1-0-0, 3.00, .925
Nilstorp: 0-1-0, 1.02, .969
Howard: 1-1-0, 4.53, .869
Gustavsson: 0-0-0, 3.16, .875
McCollum: 0-0-0, 0.00, .000

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