Stars-Red Wings Preview

Dallas Stars at Detroit Red Wings
Tuesday January 29
6:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (2-3-1) lost 2-1 at Columbus Monday, extending their winless streak to three games (0-2-1). The Stars had a 1-0 lead in the second period, but a series of penalties on Dallas allowed momentum to shift to the Blue Jackets, who rallied for a 2-1 victory.

“I thought we had a real good first period, scored on the power play and then a barrage of penalties put us back on our heels,” said Gulutzan.

Jamie Benn, who signed a contract last week, made his season debut, picking up one assist in 20:47 of playing time.

Gulutzan said after the game he was undecided on a starting goaltender for Tuesday’s game.

Injuries:  C Derek Roy (groin), D Aaron Rome (flu) and G Cristopher Nilstorp (groin) are out.

About the Red Wings

The Red Wings (2-2-1) are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss at Chicago on Sunday. Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy scored 2:45 into overtime as Chicago improved to 6-0-0 on the season.

”I thought we really carried the play in the last 30 minutes of the game,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. ”They were better than us early. They outskated us, and then we really dug in and got playing a while. We had every opportunity to win the game.”

Chicago’s lone regulation goal came on the power play. Detroit was 0-6 with the man advantage. The Red Wings are 2-26 on the power play this season.

Injuries:  C Darren Helm (back) is doubtful. G Jonas Gustavsson (groin) is questionable. D Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder), D Ian White (leg), and F Mikael Samuelsson (groin) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the second of three meetings between the two teams.

*The Stars won the first meeting, 2-1, in Detroit on January 22.

Statistical tidbits

*Every Dallas game this season has been decided by one goal.

*The Stars have been shorthanded 29 times this season, tied for most in the league with the Philadelphia Flyers.

*The Stars are 14-14 on the penalty kill on the road this season.

*The Red Wings have failed to score on the power play in four of five games this season and are 2-26 (7.7%) on power play.

*The Red Wings have allowed a power play goal in four of five games and are 17-25 (68%) on the penalty kill this season. The only game they didn’t allow a power play goal was the 2-1 loss to Dallas on January 22.

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Red Wings
Record 2-3-1 2-2-1
Home 1-1-1 1-1-0
Away 1-2-0 1-1-1
Streak Winless 3 (0-2-1) Points 2 (1-0-1)
Goals/game 2.00 2.00
Goals against/game 2.30 3.20
Shots/game 25.5 30.6
Shots against/game 35.3 30.8
Power play 4-20 (20.0) 2-26 (7.7)
Penalty kill 24-29 (82.8) 17-25 (68.0)
Faceoffs 47.0 52.4
Team Leaders Stars Red Wings
Goals Ryder: 3 Datsyuk, Brunner, Bertuzzi: 2
Assists: Whitney, Eakin, Goligoski: 3 Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Kronwall: 4
Points: Whitney: 5 Datsyuk: 6
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 2-1-1, 2.19, .940
Nilstorp: 0-2-0, 2.70, .918
Bachman: 0-0-0, 0.00, .000
Howard: 2-2-1, 3.14, .897
Gustavsson: 0-0-0, 3.16, .875

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