Stars-Coyotes Preview

Dallas Stars at Phoenix Coyotes
Saturday March 9
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (12-9-2) are coming off a 5-2 win at Los Angeles on Thursday. It was the second straight win for the Stars and their fourth in the last six games (4-1-1). The Stars, who were outshot 33-22 in the game and lost 41 of 60 faceoffs, outscored the Kings 4-0 over the final 22 minutes of the game.

“I like where we are as a team,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said Friday. “Obviously you want to win battles, but that is a battle-tested team. They almost walked through the Stanley Cup last year. They’re big and heavy, they had a win streak and to get points out of there, we’re happy with that. Faceoffs were a big issue for us, and that is something we have to address. But overall, we played an aggressive game, we played with pace and we matched them in quality scoring opportunities.”

Stars captain Brenden Morrow, who scored the game-winning goal, left midway through the final period after tweaking his groin. He is questionable for Saturday.

The Stars recalled LW Matt Fraser from the Texas Stars of the AHL on Friday.

Kari Lehtonen will start in goal Saturday.

Injuries: LW Brenden Morrow (groin) is questionable. D Philip Larsen (shoulder) is day-to-day. D Aaron Rome (foot) and LW Ray Whitney (foot) are out.

About the Coyotes

The Coyotes (11-10-3) are coming off a 6-3 loss to St. Louis in Glendale, Arizona on Thursday. It was the second straight loss for the Coyotes, who had a 2-1 lead early in the second, but saw the Blues rattle off five unanswered goals to blow the game open.

With the game, the Coyotes hit the midway point of the season.

“We’ve kept ourselves in the mix, but I think there is room for improvement in our group,” Coyotes coach Dave Tippett told reporters Friday. “The last few years we’ve been viewed as a team that has overachieved, I don’t think we’ve overachieved yet to this point. I think there is still room for growth.”

The Coyotes on Friday recalled forward Rob Klinkhammer from Portland of the AHL, and sent defenseman David Rundblad to Portland.

Injuries:  D David Schlemko (shoulder) and RW Radim Vrbata (lower body) are on injured reserve.

Series Notes

*This is the fourth and final meeting between the Stars and Coyotes this season.

*The Stars are 2-1-0 (4 points).

*The Coyotes are 1-1-1 (3 points).

*January 19, at Dallas: Stars 4, Coyotes 3
*February 1, at Dallas: Stars 4, Coyotes 3 (SO)
*February 2, at Phoenix: Coyotes 2, Stars 0

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 6-1-1 in their last eight road games.

*The Coyotes are 6-3-0 in their last nine home games.

*The Stars have scored four or more goals in six straight road games, scoring a total of 26 goals (4.33) during that stretch.

*The Stars have scored three goals or more in 13 of their last 14 games overall.

*The Coyotes have allowed four goals or more in five of their last seven games.

*The Stars have scored multiple power play goals in five of their last 12 games.

*The Stars are 7-22 (31.8%) on the power play over the last six games.

*The Coyotes are 2-16 (12.5%) on the power play over their last six games.

*Stars forward Jaromir Jagr has a three-game goal scoring streak, and has scored four goals during that stretch.

*Coyotes forward Shane Doan has scored three goals over the last five games.

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Coyotes
Record 12-9-2 11-10-3
Home 5-4-1 8-5-1
Away 7-5-1 3-5-2
Last 5 3-1-1 2-3-0
Last 10 5-4-1 5-4-1
Streak Won 2 Lost 2
Goals/game 2.83 (14th) 2.79 (15th)
Goals against/game 2.83 (15th) 2.88 (20th)
5-on-5  F/A 1.00 (16th) 0.89 (21st)
Power play 19.5 (11th) 16.3 (18th)
Penalty kill 84.0 (8th) 83.8 (9th)
Shots/game 27.1 (28th) 30.6 (6th)
Shots against/game 30.6 (22nd) 28.8 (14th)
Faceoffs 47.1 (26th) 53.0 (3rd)
Team Leaders Stars Coyotes
Goals Jagr: 9 Doan, Hanzal: 7
Assists: Roy, Goligoski: 12 Ekman-Larsson: 13
Points: Jagr: 17 Ekman-Larsson, Boedker: 16
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 9-3-1, 2.24, .930
Bachman: 2-3-0, 3.92, .848
Nilstorp, 1-3-1, 3.09, .897
Smith: 9-7-2, 3.08, .894
Johnson: 1-0-1, 0.98, .952
LaBarbera: 1-3-0, 2.20, .920

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