Dec 23, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) and Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher (12) face off during their game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Predators 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Game Preview: Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators


Date: Monday, February 25

Arena: Bridgestone Arena

Time: 7:00 pm

TV: NBC Sports Network

Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Dallas Stars (9-8-1) are coming off a 3-1 win against the San Jose Sharks at the American Airlines Center. Cristopher Nilstorp got his first NHL win as he stopped 31 of 32 shots and Jamie Benn had a goal, an assist and a fight in the game to complete the Gordie Howe Hat trick.

The Stars also lost both Aaron Rome and Philip Larsen to injury during the game and recalled Jamie Oleksiak from the Texas Stars. Good news for the Stars is that Trevor Daley, who is coming off the IR, will be returning to the lineup after missing the last two games with a neck injury. Also Matt Fraser, who was called up from the Texas Stars too, will be playing on a line with Derek Roy and Loui Eriksson while rookie Antoine Roussel will be scratched.

Nilstorp will be making his third straight start in net for the Stars.

Injuries: Trevor Daley (neck) is probable. Ray Whitney (foot), Aaron Rome (foot), Philip Larsen (head) and Kari Lehtonen (strain groin) is out.

About the Predators

The Nashville Predators (8-6-5) are coming off a 4-0 shutout loss to the Detroit Red Wings at the Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. It was the second straight shutout loss for the Predators, who outshot the Red Wings 33-27. They have also lost four of their last five games (1-3-1).

Pekka Rinne will start in net for the Predators as he has kept the Predators among the top teams in the Western Conference.

Injuries:  C Paul Gaustad (upper body) is doubtful.

Series Notes

This is the first meeting of the season between the Stars and Predators. They have split the season series in each of the past four seasons, but that won’t happen this year because they only play three times.

Statistical matchup

Category
Last Game Played: Saturday VS SAN JOSE (3-1 W) Saturday AT DETROIT (4-0 L)
Game Played 18 19
Record 9-8-1 8-6-5
Streak: Won 1 Lost 2
Home 4-3-1 5-2-2
Away 5-5-0 3-1-2
Goals/game 2.56 1.95
Goals against/game 2.67 2.05
Shots/game 26.5 24.2
Shots against/game 30.8 27.2
Power play 16.7 14.3
Penalty kill 83.3 84.4
faceoff 47.8 50.4

Other Stats

  • The Stars’ penalty kill is 40-46 (87.0%) on the road, ranking sixth in the league.
  • Stars center Jamie Benn has 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) in the last nine games.
  • The Stars are 6-1-1 after leading after one period of play. They are 7-3-1 when scoring the first goal of the game
  • The Stars have scored at least three goals in each of their last nine games

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