Regular Season Game 24, Overall Game 30, National Hockey League Game 371
Where: American Airlines Center | Dallas, Texas Date: Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 Time: 7:30 PM Central Time Stars Television/Radio: Fox Sports Southwest | 1310 AM The Ticket Capitals Television/Radio: Comcast Sports Net DC | 1500 AM Federal News Radio National TV/Radio: None | XM 237, Sirius n/a Tonight's Officials: Referees - Dan O'Rourke, Brian Pochmara | Linesmen - Shane Heyer, Pierre Racicot
Head Coach: Marc Crawford
Official Team Site: DallasStars.com
HF Board: HFBoard.com - Dallas Stars
Fan Site #1: TheStarsFans.com
Fan Site #2: Unofficial Boards
Record: 14-8-1 with 29 Points
Standings: Pacific Division-1st, Western Conference-3rd, NHL-10th
Home Record: 8-3-1
Away Record: 6-5-0
Overtime Record: 1-0
Shootout Record: 2-1
Streak: 4 Game Winning Streak
Last Five Games:
11/29 - at Carolina - W 4-1 - Box Score
11/27 - at St. Louis - W 2-1 - Box Score
11/26 - vs St. Louis - W 3-2 - Box Score
11/24 - at Ottawa - W 2-1 - Box Score
11/22 - at Toronto - L 4-1 - Box Score
Next Five Games:
12/04 - vs Minnesota - 7:00 PM
12/06 - at Columbus - 6:00 PM
12/08 - at Chicago - 7:30 PM
12/10 - vs Carolina - 7:30 PM
12/11 - at Phoenix - 7:00 PM
Goals: 66 (13th)
Goals Per Game: 2.8 (12th)
Goals Allowed: 61 (10th)
Goals Allowed Per Game: 2.7 (11th)
Shots Per Game: 28.2 (26th)
Shots Allowed Per Game: 31.1 (22nd)
Powerplay: 15.0% (22nd)
Penalty Kill: 78.2% (27th)
THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Head Coach: Bruce Boudreau
Official Team Site: WashingtonCapitals.com
HF Board: HFBoard.com - Washington Capitals
Fan Site: RockTheRed.net
Record: 18-6-2 with 38 Points
Standings: Southeast Division-1st, Eastern Conference-1st, NHL-1st
Home Record: 12-1-1
Away Record: 6-5-1
Overtime Record: 4-1
Shootout Record: 2-1
Streak: 4 Game Winning Streak
Last Five Games:
12/01 - at St. Louis - W 4-1 - Box Score
11/28 - vs Carolina - W 3-2 (SO) - Box Score
11/26 - vs Tampa Bay - W 6-0 - Box Score
11/24 - at Carolina - W 3-2 - Box Score
11/22 - at New Jersey - L 5-0 - Box Score
Next Five Games:
12/04 - vs Atlanta - 6:00 PM
12/06 - vs Toronto - 6:00 PM
12/09 - vs Florida - 6:00 PM
12/11 - vs Colorado - 6:00 PM
12/12 - at New York - 6:00 PM
Goals: 88 (1st)
Goals Per Game: 3.4 (3rd)
Goals Allowed: 68 (18th)
Goals Allowed Per Game: 2.6 (10th)
Shots Per Game: 31.6 (10th)
Shots Allowed Per Game: 29.1 (10th)
Powerplay: 24.4% (2nd)
Penalty Kill: 85.3% (8th)
JERE LEHTINEN INJURY REPORT DALLAS
Total Man Games Lost: 9
Current Players Injured (1):
Mark Fistric - Groin - IR
Total Man Games Lost: 54
Current Players Injured (0):
Dallas Team Leaders
Points: Brad Richards - 28
Goals: Brad Richards - 11
Assists: Mike Ribeiro - 18
Plus/Minus: Loui Eriksson - +14
Penalty Minutes: Adam Burish & Steve Ott - 40
Shots: Brad Richards - 87
Powerplay Goals: Loui Eriksson - 4
Shorthanded Goals: Petersen & Ott & Benn - 1
Game Winning Goals: Loui Eriksson - 3
Kari Lehtonen | 12-7-1
Games Played: 20 (Started 20)
GAA: 2.61 (52 Goals Allowed)
Save %: .914% (555 of 607)
Shut Outs: 0
Andrew Raycroft | 2-1-0
Games Played: 4 (Started 3)
GAA: 1.85 (6 Goals Allowed)
Save %: .943% (100 of 106)
Shut Outs: 1
Washington Team Leaders
Points: Alex Ovechkin - 33
Goals: Alexander Semin - 18
Assists: Alex Ovechkin - 23
Plus/Minus: Nicklas Backstrom - +9
Penalty Minutes: John Erskine - 37
Shots: Alexander Ovechkin - 112
Powerplay Goals: Alexander Semin - 6
Shorthanded Goals: 4 Players - 1
Game Winning Goals: Alex Ovechkin - 3
Michal Neuvirth | 12-3-1
Games Played: 19 (Started 17)
GAA: 2.63 (45 Goals Allowed)
Save %: .912% (464 of 509)
Shut Outs: 1
Semyon Varlamov | 4-1-0
Games Played: 6 (Started 5)
GAA: 1.72 (10 Goals Allowed)
Save %: .939% (153 of 163)
Shut Outs: 1
Braden Holtby | 2-2-1
Games Played: 5 (Started 4)
GAA: 3.84 (13 Goals Allowed)
Save %: .845 (71 of 84)
Shut Outs: 0
SEASON SERIES: Tied 0-0-0 ALL TIME SERIES: Dallas 40-27-16-2
Dallas Goals: 297 ---- Washington Goals: 244
Regular Season: 40-27-16-2 | Home: 22-11-8-2 | Away: 18-16-8-0
Shoot Out: 1-0 | Home: 0-0 | Away: 1-0
Playoffs: 0-0 | Home: 0-0 | Away: 0-0
Record In Dallas: 15-4-1-2 | Home: 9-1-0-2 | Away: 6-3-1-0
Last Game In Series: 3/08/10 | at Washington | Win 4-3 (SO) - GAME RECAP - GAME THREAD - GAME HIGHLIGHTS
THIS SEASON vs the Capitals
Powerplay: 0 For 0
Penalty Kill: 0 For 0
Goals: Tied 0-0
[DAL] Lehtonen () - 0:00 - 0 Shots - 0 Saves - 0 Goals Against - 0-0-0 Record
[WSH] Neuvirth () - 0:00 - 0 Shots - 0 Saves - 0 Goals Against - 0-0-0 Record
12/02 - Dallas vs Washington
PACIFIC DIVISION GAMES Dallas Stars Vs Washington (7:30 PM CT) Anaheim Ducks Vs OFF Los Angeles Kings Vs Florida (9:30 PM CT) Phoenix Coyotes Vs OFF San Jose Sharks At Ottawa (6:30 PM CT)
Tiebreakers - From NHL.com
1. The fewer number of games played (i.e., superior points percentage).
2. The greater number of games won, excluding games won in the shootout.
3. The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs. If two clubs are tied, and have not played an equal number of home games against each other, points earned in the first game played in the city that had the extra game shall not be included. If more than two clubs are tied, the higher percentage of available points earned in games among those clubs, and not including any "odd" games, shall be used to determine the standing.
4. The greater differential between goals for and against for the entire regular season.
Thursday 2nd - vs Washington - 7:30 PM - Fox Sports Southwest
Saturday 4th - vs Minnesota - 7:00 PM - TXA21
Monday 6th - at Columbus - 6:00 PM - Fox Sports Southwest
Wednesday 8th - at Chicago - 7:30 PM - Fox Sports Southwest
Friday 10th - vs Carolina - 7:30 PM - Fox Sports Southwest
Saturday 11th - at Phoenix* - 7:00 PM - TXA21
Monday 13th - at San Jose* - 9:30 PM - Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Thursday 16th - vs San Jose* - 7:30 PM - Fox Sports Southwest
Saturday 18th - at Columbus - 6:00 PM - TXA21
Sunday 19th - at Detroit - 4:00 PM - Fox Sports Southwest
Tuesday 21st - vs Montreal - 8:00 PM - Fox Sports Southwest
Thursday 23rd - vs Calgary - 7:30 PM - Fox Sports Southwest
Sunday 26th - vs Phoenix* - 7:00 PM - Fox Sports Southwest
Tuesday 28th - at Nashville - 7:00 PM - Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Wednesday 29th - vs Detroit - 7:30 PM - Fox Sports Southwest
Friday 31st - vs Vancouver - 7:00 PM - TXA21
Tonight's game againist the Washington Capitals marks the 1,305th regular season game for the Stars since moving to the Lone Star State. Dallas is 682-431-125-65 (Wins-Losses-Ties-OT/SO Losses) in the previous 1,304 games.
Brenden Morrow's assist on Jamie Benn's 3rd period goal vs Carolina gave up his 450 career NHL point.
Brenden Morrow is three assists away from 250 career NHL assists.
Stephane Robidas is three games away from 500 games as a Dallas Star.
Loui Eriksson is five goals away from 100 career NHL goals.
Mike Ribeiro is six points away from 300 points as a Dallas Star.
Jamie Benn has three goals and two assist in his last three games.
Steve Ott's 2nd period goal snapped a six-game goal-less drought.
Kari Lehtonen finished November with a 7-3-1 record, a 2.35 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.
In November, Dallas went 5-0-1 at home outscoring their opponents 24-15.
The Stars’ penalty kill, during the month of November, was 41-48 during the month for 85.4 percent. It was 19-22 (86.4 percent) on the road.
With the 4-1 win over Carolina, Dallas improved to 7-2-0 against the Eastern Conference this season.
Dallas won their first game at the RBC Center since December 22nd, 2003.
The Stars win against Carolina on Monday gave them their fourth straight victory. Following a year in which they did not win three in a row at all, this is already the Stars' 2nd four game winning streak of the season.
Dallas is 6-1-1 in its last eight contest, including 3 consecutive road victories.
The Stars have a 8-0-0 record this season when they win the second period, and are 3-5-0 in games in which they lose the middle frame. The team that has won the second period is 13-3-1 overall this season.
Dallas is 9-1-0 when scoring atleast four goals, and 6-1-0 when allowing one goal. The Stars also are 11-2-0 record when allowing three goals or less.
The Stars will play a total of 12 back-to-back series in 2010-11. The Stars are 5-3-0 in games included in back-to-backs, going 3-1-0 in the first game while 2-2-0 in the second.
The Dallas Stars is 2-1 in shootouts this season. Dallas defeated the Islanders (2-1) in New York and the Blues (3-1) in Dallas. The Stars fell to Colorado (2-1) in Dallas. Dallas is 41-23 all time during the shoot outs. To see full stats of the shoot out, CLICK HERE
Leading After 1st Period: 9-1-0
Leading After 2nd Period: 7-0-0
When scoring a powerplay goal: 7-2-1
When not scoring a powerplay goal: 7-6-0
When allowing a powerplay goal: 5-5-1
When not allowing a powerplay goal: 9-3-0
Day Games (before 5 pm): 0-0-0
Night Games: 14-8-1
OPPONENT LOOK: THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS
The Capitals and Stars are two of four teams in the NHL, joining last year’s Stanley Cup finalists, Chicago and Philadelphia, that have three players with 10 or more goals on the year. Nicklas Backstrom’s third two-goal game of the year last night at St. Louis gave him 11 goals on the year, joining Alexander Semin (18) and Alex Ovechkin (10) in double digits.
Tonight is the second of four games against Western Conference teams for the Capitals in December. Through four meetings against the West thus far this season the Caps are 3-1-0 and have allowed just 1.75 goals per game.
This is Washington’s fifth set of back-to-back games on the year and the Capitals are seeking their first sweep. They are 2-1-1 in the second game of those sets, but 0-1-0 after winning the first game.
Washington has killed 12 consecutive shorthanded situations to improve its penalty kill to 85.3%, eighth-best in the league. That’s up from 25th last year (78.8%). Washington is 10-3-0 when it holds the opposition without a power-play goal and 6-0-0 when it also scores a PPG of its own.
Washington’s 10-2-2 mark in November was the best November in franchise history in terms of points and points percentage (tied the 1985-86 team for most wins).
Washington has been at or above 50% on faceoffs in 13 straight games.
Washington is 13-0-1 when it scores a power-play goal …it is 12-0-0 when leading after two periods and 4-0-0 when tied.
Defenseman Scott Hannan could make his Capitals debut tonight after being acquired from Colorado Tuesday.
RALPH AND RAZOR COMMENTARY
"The most satisfying thing is it was a total team effort from us. We got great goaltending from Kari Lehtonen. He's been very good for us all year. In some games you're going to give up a lot more chances than you'd like, and I didn't think that was the case tonight.....We were very supportive all night long. When we had the puck offensively, I thought we did a great job of controlling it deep in the zone and scored some goals because we possessed the puck and forced them into mistakes."
- Dallas Head Coach Marc Crawford following the 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
“I think tonight was a game we probably played with more confidence than we have all year. Winning those two games against one of top teams in the league or close to one of the top teams in the league gave us a lot of confidence. You could see that in the way we were playing, the way guys were preparing for the game, the talk in the locker room. It was a sense of a lot of confidence.”
- Adam Burish following the 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
"There are no excuses, [including] a tough schedule. We just weren't any good. We had no jump, no quickness, no pace."
- Carolina Head Coach Paul Maurice following the 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.
"I thought we were trying but there wasn't enough jump, there wasn't enough hop in our step, and their skill made us pay."
- Eric Staal following the 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.
"It took us a while, but I definitely think we have learned. We want to be more aggressive, so we naturally are going to take more penalties this season, but I also think we're seeing that if we're not chasing and we're not reaching, then we don't take the unnecessary penalties."
- Dallas Head Coach Marc Crawford on the Stars penalty kill.
THE ZUBIE SHOOTOUT REPORT
Goals: 5-3 Games
64th All-Time - 10/09/10 - at New York - W 5-4 - Lehtonen 3 Saves on 3 Shooters - Goals: Ribeiro - 1-0 W
65th All-Time - 10/16/10 - vs St. Louis - W 3-2 - Lehtonen 1 Save on 2 Shooters - Goals: Richards, Eriksson, Ribeiro - 3-1 W
66th All-Time - 11/20/10 - vs Colorado - L 4-3 - Lehtonen 2 Saves on 4 Shooters - Goals: Ribeiro - 2-1 L Totals For Season - Shooters
Jamie Benn - 0 for 1
Loui Eriksson - 1 For 2 (1 Game Winner)
James Neal - 0 For 1
Steve Ott - 0 For 1
Mike Ribeiro - 3 For 3 (1 Game Winner)
Brad Richards - 1 For 3
Team: 5 For 11 | 5 Goals Totals For Season - Goaltenders
Lehtonen: 2-1 | 6 Saves - 10 Shots | 3 Goals Against
Raycroft: 0-0 | 0 Saves - 0 Shots | 0 Goals Against
Team: 2-1 | 6 Saves - 10 Shots | 3 Goals Against
Last edited by Stars99Lobo37: 12-02-2010 at 11:46 AM.
So Dallas is 10th in goals against per game. I really think our defense has stepped up in the last 5-8 games. If we can stay in the top half, I think we will be better than a borderline playoff team. The Caps will be a good test.
The entire month of December is going to be a good test really.
We're about to play A LOT of hockey in a pretty small time frame (well a month but still).
3 back to backs. Washington, San Jose twice, Detroit twice, Columbus twice, Chicago, Vancouver, and Montreal all on the slate. Sad to say but our easiest game of the month is next Friday against Carolina. After that, it's on.
We'll know a lot about this team come January 1st.
A tired Caps team...Raycroft in...Crawford can look like a genius or a buffoon on this one
I've said it before but Crawford's goalie strategy makes zero sense to me. So last week against Carolina (another ECF foe), he elects to go with Kari for his 3rd in 4 nights, in a city he's historically done poorly in. Now for the Caps, a much stronger ECF foe who will be a good litmus test for us, he goes with Raycroft after 3 days rest.
It's kinda a moot point since Kari did well in Carolina, but it just doesn't make any sense to me why you'd use the backup against an elite team like the Caps and not against Carolina.
Should be a very interesting game. It will be a big test for us playing against the top team in the league tonight, it would be a big win so we need that W! Also Raycroft in nets? Very weird choice Crawford..
Either way, GO STARS!!!