|15||DALLAS||+120||Ov 5,-135||+120||Ov 5,-135|
|16||PHOENIX||-140||Un 5,+115||-140||Un 5,+115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1-3-0||-2.1||1-3||-2.1||0-4||1.0||26.7||2.0||31.5|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.2||1-4||-3.2||2-3||2.2||24.2||3.2||32.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||8||17||7||5||4||1||1||203||8.4%||27||4||14.8%||28|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||4||4||1||2||1||0||0||107||3.7%||15||1||6.7%||8|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||5||4||1||1||1||121||9.1%||17||2||11.8%||17|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||2||8||3||2||2||1||1||50||16.0%||6||2||33.3%||11|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||21||3||11||6||1||0||273||7.7%||38||6||15.8%||36|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||8||1||3||4||0||0||126||6.3%||20||1||5.0%||15|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||2||9||4||1||0||161||9.9%||26||4||15.4%||28|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||6||1||4||1||0||0||74||8.1%||8||2||25.0%||9|
|RICHARD BACHMAN (All Games)||1||0||2||2||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|RICHARD BACHMAN (Road Games)||1||0||2||2||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|RICHARD BACHMAN (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|RICHARD BACHMAN (Last 4 Games)||1||0||2||2||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|KARI LEHTONEN (All Games)||7||6||210||194||92.4%||0||3-3||-0.1||3-3-0||0||2-4|
|KARI LEHTONEN (Road Games)||3||3||92||85||92.4%||0||1-2||-1.1||1-2-0||-1||0-3|
|KARI LEHTONEN (vs. Division)||2||2||74||68||91.9%||0||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||2-0|
|KARI LEHTONEN (Last 4 Games)||4||3||89||80||89.9%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|CRISTOPHER NILSTORP (All Games)||2||2||61||56||91.8%||1||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|CRISTOPHER NILSTORP (Road Games)||1||1||32||31||96.9%||1||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|CRISTOPHER NILSTORP (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CRISTOPHER NILSTORP (Last 4 Games)||2||2||61||56||91.8%||1||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2-3-0||-1.4||2-3||-1.4||3-2||3.2||31.4||2.6||26.0|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.4||1-4||-3.4||3-2||2.6||31.0||3.0||26.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||8||25||3||10||12||0||0||266||9.4%||34||8||23.5%||43|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||5||16||2||5||9||0||0||157||10.2%||20||4||20.0%||28|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||2||5||6||0||0||155||8.4%||21||5||23.8%||23|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||4||11||1||6||4||0||0||142||7.7%||20||5||25.0%||18|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||26||6||9||9||2||2||215||12.1%||31||6||19.4%||43|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||13||2||7||3||1||0||130||10.0%||18||2||11.1%||22|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||4||4||5||2||2||132||11.4%||19||3||15.8%||24|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||17||4||5||7||1||2||116||14.7%||17||4||23.5%||27|
|BRENT JOHNSON (All Games)||2||2||42||40||95.2%||1||1-1||-0.3||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|BRENT JOHNSON (Home Games)||2||2||42||40||95.2%||1||1-1||-0.3||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|CHAD JOHNSON (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHAD JOHNSON (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHAD JOHNSON (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JASON LABARBERA (All Games)||3||2||87||78||89.7%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|JASON LABARBERA (Home Games)||2||1||53||48||90.6%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|JASON LABARBERA (vs. Division)||2||2||65||57||87.7%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|JASON LABARBERA (Last 4 Games)||3||2||87||78||89.7%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|MIKE SMITH (All Games)||4||4||85||72||84.7%||0||1-3||-2.2||1-3-0||-2||4-0|
|MIKE SMITH (Home Games)||2||2||35||29||82.9%||0||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||2-0|
|MIKE SMITH (vs. Division)||2||2||50||43||86.0%||0||0-2||-2.1||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|MIKE SMITH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||85||72||84.7%||0||1-3||-2.2||1-3-0||-2||4-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DALLAS 3.24, PHOENIX 3.23|
|1/19/2013||PHOENIX||4-3||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||O|
|1/20/2013||at MINNESOTA||0-1||L||0, +140||L||5 ov||U|
|1/22/2013||at DETROIT||2-1||W||0, +110||W||5.5 ev||U|
|1/24/2013||CHICAGO||2-3||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/26/2013||ST LOUIS||3-4||L||0, +145||L||5 ov||O|
|1/28/2013||at COLUMBUS||1-2||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/29/2013||at DETROIT||1-4||L||0, +145||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/1/2013||PHOENIX||4-3||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||O|
|2/2/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|2/4/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|2/6/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|2/12/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|2/13/2013||at CALGARY|| |
|1/19/2013||at DALLAS||3-4||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||O|
|1/20/2013||CHICAGO||4-6||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/23/2013||COLUMBUS||5-1||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/24/2013||at SAN JOSE||3-5||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/26/2013||LOS ANGELES||2-4||L||0, +115||L||5 ov||O|
|1/28/2013||NASHVILLE||4-0||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/30/2013||EDMONTON||1-2||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/1/2013||at DALLAS||3-4||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||O|
|2/9/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|2/11/2013||at COLORADO|| |
LAST SEASON: 42-35-5, 89 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 10th in the Western Conference.
COACH: Curt Fraser, first season.
ADDED: C Cody Eakin, LW Ray Whitney, C Derek Roy, RW Jaromir Jagr, D Aaron Rome.
LOST: C Mike Ribiero, D Sheldon Souray, C Steve Ott, D Adam Pardy, C Jake Dowell, RW, RW Radek Dvorak.
PLAYER TO WATCH: LW Brenden Morrow. It's a contract year for the captain, who scored 35 goals last season.
OUTLOOK: The Stars recently signed G Kari Lehtonen to a five-year contract extension after two relatively healthy seasons in Dallas. The Finn and a relatively solid defense should keep the Stars on the fringes of playoff contention. Seeing how much Dallas can get from the 40-year-old Jagr in the lockout-shortened season will be worth watching.
LAST SEASON: 42-27-13, 97 points. Lost to Los Angeles Kings 4-1 in Western Conference Finals.
COACH: Dave Tippett, 4th season with Coyotes, 125-78-33; 9th overall, 406-234-98 in NHL.
ADDED: LW Steve Sullivan, D Zbynek Michalek, RW David Moss.
LOST: LW Ray Whitney, LW Taylor Pyatt, D Adrian Aucoin, C Daymond Langkow, D Michal Rozsival.
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Mike Smith. The shaggy-haired goalie known as Smitty proved to be a more-than-capable No. 1 goalie in his first full season on the job, winning 28 games with eight shutouts and a 2.21 goals-against average. With the confidence of last season's deep playoff run, he could be a Vezina Trophy candidate.
OUTLOOK: The Coyotes should be brimming with confidence after winning their first division title and reaching the conference finals for the first time in 33 years as an NHL franchise. With the core of last year's roster back, they should be position to get the lockout-shortened season off to a good start and be able to sustain it toward another possible deep run in the playoffs.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (DALLAS-PHOENIX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Stars-Coyotes Preview* =======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Dallas (3-4-1) at Phoenix (2-4-2), 8:00 p.m. EDT
The Phoenix Coyotes seem to be good for the Dallas Stars' psyche, and their offense.
The Stars look to continue their success against the Pacific Division foe by sweeping this home-and-home set Saturday night in Phoenix.
Dallas (3-4-1) is among the worst offensive teams in the league with 17 goals, but eight have come in two meetings with Phoenix (2-4-2).
The Stars opened the season with a 4-3 home victory over the Coyotes, and beat them by the same score in a shootout at the same venue Friday to snap a four-game skid. That performance was a welcome change for a team that totaled nine goals during a 1-4-1 stretch.
"I thought the win itself was best for our psyche, and it gives us something to try to build off of," coach Glen Gulutzan said. "For sure, this game gets mental. The win helps for our belief, but as our belief increases, our game has got to get tidied up now.
"That's how you get on a roll."
Gulutzan is still concerned with his club's anemic offense play since Dallas has been outshot in every game this season, including 34-24 on Friday.
"I think there's still room for improvement offensively, as far as putting more shots on net and creating more zone time," he said. "We're still looking for some chemistry early in the season, and I think that will help our offense."
Continued production from rookies Antoine Roussel and Brenden Dillon would surely help. Roussel scored in his NHL debut Friday, while Dillon notched his first career points with a goal and an assist.
"Just perfect," said Roussel, who was also 6-1 on faceoffs. "That was fun, obviously. I'm happy that the first one is out of the way. That's perfect to get a win, that's what's most important."
Kari Lehtonen may be back in net after making 34 saves through overtime and three more in the shootout Friday. He's won three starts in a row - all at home - against the Coyotes while giving up three goals in each. He's 2-0-3 with a 1.88 goals-against average in six games at Phoenix.
The Coyotes are looking to avoid a season-high three-game slide, but they have points in three straight (1-0-2) after overcoming a two-goal, first-period deficit Friday.
"I thought our team hung around the game, competed really hard and gave ourselves a chance to win, but in the end gave a point up," coach Dave Tippett said. "We'll take that point, put it in the bank."
Radim Vrbata has five goals and four assists in his last five games versus the Stars, tallying five of those points in two meetings this season. He had a goal and an assist Friday to extend his scoring streak to five games, during which he's totaled six points.
It's unclear if Mike Smith will be back in net after making 21 saves Friday in his first game since missing four because of a lower-body injury.
"Not really many positive things, but just tried to battle, stay in it, and give the team a chance," said Smith, who is 0-1-2 with a 3.18 GAA in his last three starts against Dallas.
Coyotes forward Raffi Torres is expected to be back in the lineup after serving the last of his 21-game suspension for his hit that knocked out Chicago's Marian Hossa in last year's playoffs. Torres was initially given a 25-game ban before it was shortened to 21. He sat out 13 playoff games last spring.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 3:59:13 AM EST|