Stars-Red Wings Preview

Detroit Red Wings at Dallas Stars
Saturday April 27
6:00 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Network
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (22-21-4) wrap up the regular season with Saturday’s game. They were eliminated from the playoff race when Detroit defeated Nashville Thursday. A short time later the Stars lost 3-1 to Columbus at American Airlines Center. It was the Stars’ fourth straight loss (0-3-1). Dallas has missed the playoffs five straight seasons.

“Well it hasn’t really sunk in yet, I don’t think,” Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen said after the loss. “It feels bad right now but I’m sure it feels even worse tomorrow.”

The Stars will be playing for pride and for their fans Saturday.

“We’ve got to go out and play hard. We’ve got to go out and play the right way,” said Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas. “The game doesn’t mean anything to us, but at the same time we owe it to our fans as our last game at home, and they deserve an honest effort. That’s what we are going to bring on Saturday.”

The Stars assigned LW Matt Fraser to the Texas Stars (AHL) on Friday.

Injuries:  RW Alex Chiasson (shoulder) and D Aaron Rome (hip) are questionable.

About the Red Wings

The Red Wings (23-16-8) need one point in Saturday night’s game to guarantee themselves a spot in the playoffs. The Red Wings have won three straight, including a 5-2 win over Nashville on Thursday.

“So far so good, [we've] got one more big one to go,” Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said.  “We put ourselves in a good situation. Hopefully we can take care of business on Saturday.”

The Red Wings would also make it if Columbus loses Saturday against Nashville or if Minnesota loses at Colorado.

Injuries: LW Todd Bertuzzi (back) and RW Mikael Samuelsson (pectoral muscle) are questionable. C Darren Helm (back) and LW Drew Miller (hand) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the third and final meeting between the Stars and Red Wings.

*Both teams are 1-1-0 in the season series.

*January 22, Dallas at Detroit: Stars 2, Red Wings 1
*January 29, Dallas at Detroit: Red Wings 4, Stars 1

Statistical tidbits

*The Red Wings are 5-13 (38.5%) on the power play over the last three games.

*The Stars have allowed five power play goals over the last four games and are 10-15 (66.7%) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*The Stars have scored seven goals during their four game winless streak (1.75 per game).

*The Red Wings have scored 12 goals during their three game winning streak (4.0 per game).

*Detroit’s  Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen have combined for 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) over the last three games.

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Red Wings
Record 22-21-4 23-16-8
Home 11-10-2 13-7-4
Away 11-11-2 10-9-4
Last 5 1-3-1 3-1-1
Last 10 5-4-1 5-2-3
Streak Lost 2 Won 3
Goals/game 2.72 (11th) 2.53 (19th)
Goals against/game 2.94 (24th) 2.34 (7th)
5-on-5  F/A 1.03 (15th) 1.07 (12th)
Power play 17.3 (17th) 18.8 (15th)
Penalty kill 80.6 (18th) 81.4 (13th)
Shots/game 26.5 (28th) 30.0 (10th)
Shots against/game 30.9 (22nd) 27.8 (8th)
Faceoffs 47.1 (27th( 50.8 (11th)
Team Leaders Stars Red Wings
Goals Benn, Eriksson: 12 Datsyuk: 15
Assists: Goligoski: 24 Zetterberg: 36
Points: Benn: 33 Datsyuk: 46
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 15-14-3, 2.66, .916
Bachman: 6-4-0, 3.28, .880
Nilstorp, 1-3-1, 3.09, .897
Howard: 20-13-7, 2.19, .922
Gustavsson: 2-2-1, 2.92. .879
Mrazek: 1-1-0, 2.02, .922

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