Stars-Canucks Preview

Dallas Stars at Vancouver Canucks
Friday February 15
9:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (7-6-1) had a four-game winning streak snapped with a 7-4 loss at Calgary Wednesday night. The Stars fell behind 3-0 in the first ten minutes of the game and could never recover.

Friday’s game in Vancouver will conclude a three-game road trip for the Stars, who are 1-1-0 in the first two games.

“You have to play a real honest game or (the Canucks) will hurt you. So, we’re going to play them hard and honest,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “There are no secrets with them. They’ve been doing their thing for lots of years, the coaching staff does a great job and they are a well-oiled machine. We have to play them hard and honest.”

Friday’s game will be the Stars tenth road game in their first 15 games of the season. They are 4-5-0 in their first nine on the road.

Kari Lehtonen is expected to start in goal for the Stars.

Injuries:  LW Ray Whitney (foot) is out.

About the Canucks                                                

The Canucks (8-2-2) are on a roll. They extended their winning streak to six games with a 2-1 win over Minnesota in Vancouver on Tuesday.

The Canucks could get a boost Friday with the return of center Ryan Kesler, who has yet to play this season due to offseason surgeries on his shoulder and wrist. Kesler wouldn’t say if he’ll play, but coach Alain Vigneault all but said he would.

“He looks real good on the ice, he was playing on a regular line today at practice, taking a regular shift on one of the power-play units, so I’ll let you guys figure it out,” Vigneault told reporters Thursday. “There’s all indications he’s ready to go so unless something changes from here to tomorrow.”

The Canucks announced Thursday that center Manny Malhotra is going on injured reserve and is done for the season due to a eye injury he suffered almost two years ago.

Cory Schneider will get the start in goal for the Canucks.

Injuries:  C Ryan Kesler (wrist/shoulder) is probable. LW David Booth (groin) and C Manny Malhotra (eye) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the first of three meetings between the Stars and Canucks.

*The Stars were 2-2-0 (4 points) against the Canucks last season.

*The Canucks were 2-1-1 (5 points) against the Stars last season.

Statistical tidbits

*The Canucks have outscored their opponents 21-10 in five-on-five play this season.

*The Stars have been outscored 21-22 in five-on-five play.

*The Stars have scored 17 goals over their last five games (3.4 per game).

*The Canucks have allowed 6 goals over their last six games (1.0 per game).

*The Canucks have allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of their 12 games this season.

*The Stars are 5-15 (33.3%) on the power play over the last four games.

*The Canucks are 12-15 (80.0%) on the penalty kill over the last four games.

*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen is 5-0-0 over his last five starts with a 1.77 goals against average and .940 save percentage.

*Lehtonen is 2-7-0 in his career vs. the Canucks with a 3.69 goals against average and .879 save percentage.

*Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider is 4-1-0 in his career vs. the Stars with a 1.41 goals against average and .960 save percentage.

*Stars forward Jamie Benn has points in five straight games (4 goals, 4 assists).

*Canucks forward Mason Raymond has points in four straight games (1 goal, 4 assists).

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Canucks
Record 7-6-1 8-2-2
Home 3-1-1 5-1-1
Away 4-5-0 3-1-1
Streak Lost 1 Won 6
Goals/game 2.36 (24th) 2.75 (12th)
Goals against/game 2.57 (13th) 1.92 (3rd)
Power play 18.8 (15th) 17.2 (18th)
Penalty kill 82.8 (12th) 28.0 (22nd)
Shots/game 26.1 (29th) 28.6 (19th)
Shots against/game 31.9 (27th) 78.2 (15th)
Faceoffs 47.9 (25th) 49.6 (17th)
Team Leaders Stars Canucks
Goals Benn, Eriksson, Jagr, Ryder: 4 Kassian: 5
Assists: Jagr: 7 H. Sedin: 8
Points: Jagr: 11 D. Sedin: 10
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 7-2-1, 2.17, .933
Bachman: 0-2-0, 3.87, .862
Nilstorp, 0-2-0, 2.70, .918
Luongo: 4-0-2, 1.45, .943
Schneider: 4-2-0, 2.36. .921

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