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StorylineIt’s sort of different for the two teams. For the Rangers, it’s getting goalie Henrik Lundqvist jersey cheap up and running and maybe seeking revenge for the hit Eakin put on Lundqvist Dec. 15. For the Stars, they are watching the season slip away and need to get two points. They are 2 5 1 at a time when they desperately needed to go on a winning streak.

The Rangers maintained their cool after Eakin slammed into Lundqvist in Dallas Dec. 15, and that paid off in a 2 0 win. But if a player gets a chance to hit Eakin (who was suspended four games for the hit), he probably will. Kreider leads Wholesale NHL Jerseys
Rangers forwards in hits with 70 and told The Daily News Monday: “That’s not something you forget about, obviously. I’m sure someone will have a conversation with (Eakin) about it at some point.”

Key number 0

That’s the number of points Stars captain Jamie Benn jersey cheap has scored against the Rangers in 10 career games. It’s the only team he has yet to score against. Benn is minus 12 in that span.

NotableDallas (18 19 8) is coming off a 4 1 loss at Buffalo Monday and is 6 12 4 on the road this season. The Stars are 2 5 1 in their past seven games.

New York (28 15 1) is coming off a 5 4 loss to Montreal Saturday and is 13 8 1 at home. The Rangers have lost two in a row after a 5 1 0 run.

Antti Niemi jersey cheap is expected to start in goal for Dallas. He is 9 7 4 with a 2.98 GAA and .907 save percentage. He gave up three goals in four minutes and was pulled against Minnesota Saturday. Niemi is 2 4 1 in his career against the Rangers with a 2.56 GAA and .911 save percentage.

Henrik Lundqvist jersey cheap is expected to start for the Rangers. He is 18 11 1 with a 2.72 GAA and .907 save percentage. Lundqvist is 8 4 0 in his career against Dallas with a 1.93 GAA and .936 save percentage.

The Rangers are 14 4 0 against the Western Conference this season, including a 2 0 win against the Stars. Dallas is 2 7 3 against the East this year. The Stars last season with 20 9 3 vs. the East while the Rangers were 16 9 3 vs. the West.

New York’s power play has been hot, going 9 for 29 (31.0 percent) in the past eight games. The Rangers rank sixth in the NHL in power play Success jersey cheap at 22.4 percent.

Dallas’ penalty kill has been by far the worst in the NHL in the past eight games, allowing 12 goals on 27 kill opportunities (55.5 percent). Dallas now ranks worst in the NHL in penalty kill Success jersey cheap rate at 74.3 percent.

When Dallas is on the power play, it ranks 21st in the league at 16.9 percent, but gives up the second most shorthanded goals at 7.

When the Rangers are on the penalty kill, they rank 16th at 82.3 percent and have scored the second most shorthanded goals at 6.

The Rangers are second in goals per game at 3.41. The Stars are 27th in goals against at 3.07.

The Stars rank 17th in faceoff Success jersey cheap at 49.2percent. The Rangers are tied for 29th at 47.4.

Rangers forward Michael Grabner jersey cheap leads the NHL in even strength goals at 19 and is tied for fourth in plus minus at plus 22.

He said it”We’ve got to put this behind us because we are going into a tough building to play against a great Rangers team. No one is going to feel sorry for us. We’ve got to dig ourselves out of this hole and play better hockey.”

Stars forward Patrick Sharp jersey cheap after the Stars lost 4 1 in Buffalo on Monday

“Work harder. Try to stay out there a little longer, try to work harder. But at the same time, you don’t want to overthink it or overdo it. There’s been good games and then the last two here, I don’t think I played bad, but I haven’t come up with the big saves at the right times. And that’s the difference.”

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StorylineIt should be a big deal when the defending Stanley Cup champions come to town, but even that seems meaningless in this disappointing Stars season. Former Stars defenseman Trevor Daley jersey cheap is out with a knee injury and still has not made his return to AAC since being traded to Chicago. New defenseman Greg Pateryn arrived Tuesday and won’t play. Remi Elie probably won’t make his NHL debut. It is what it is for Stars fans right now.

Lindy Ruff has liked matching Cody Eakin jersey cheap against Crosby in the past, but the guess is he gives Faksa the assignment tonight. Faksa has 28 points (8 goals, 20 assists) in 60 games this season. Crosby ranks second in the league with 67 points (34 goals, 33 assists) in 54 games. In 11 career games against the Stars, Crosby has 15 points (8 goals, 7 assists) and is plus 5.

Key number 3.48

Pittsburgh leads the NHL in scoring with 3.48 goals per game and in shots on goal per game at 34.1. Dallas ranks 29th in goals against per game at 3.23 and last in save percentage at .894.

NotableDallas (23 28 10) is coming off a 6 3 loss at home against Boston Sunday and is 17 10 6 at home. Dallas is 3 8 0 in its past 11 games.

Pittsburgh (28 14 8) is coming off a 4 2 win over the Flyers in their outdoor game Saturday and is 13 10 5 on the road. Pittsburgh is 8 1 3 in its past 12 games.

Antti Niemi jersey cheap will get the start in goal for Dallas. He is 10 9 4 on the season with a 3.19 GAA and .899 save percentage. He is 6 2 1 in his career against the Penguins with a 2.42 GAA and .926 save percentage.

Matt Murray is expected to start in net for the Penguins. He is 23 7 3 with a 2.27 GAA and .926 save percentage. He has never played against the Stars.

Patrik Nemeth jersey cheap and Jamie Oleksiak jersey cheap were healthy scratches last game. One will come in to take the place of Jordie Benn jersey cheap, who was traded to Montreal Monday.

Dallas ranks 30th in penalty kill Success jersey cheap at 73.3 percent and 30th in power play goals against at 54.

Pittsburgh ranks 7th in power play Success jersey cheap at 21.7 percent and has 44 power play goals.

Pittsburgh is second in the NHL in third period scoring at 80 goals. Dallas has allowed more third period goals than any other team in the league at 73.

Pittsburgh is 26 0 0 when leading after two periods. Dallas is 1 21 2 when trailing after two periods.

Dallas is 8 14 4 vs. the East. Pittsburgh is 12 4 5 vs. the West.

Lauri Korpikoski jersey cheap will play his 600th NHL game and Brett Ritchie his 100th.

In 41 career games against the Penguins, Jason Spezza jersey cheap jersey cheap has 48 points (17 goals, 31 assists) and is plus 14.

He said it”It’s an opportunity Wholesale NHL Jerseys
for our group to accomplish a lot of stuff inside a game because we felt we were right there with them last year. And same type of team, a lot of speed, create a lot of chances. We know we’re going to get chances. We’re going to play against some players that can make some special plays.”

Stars coach Lindy Ruff on facing the defending Stanley Cup champions

“The last couple of practices I’ve really liked. It seems like he’s got himself in a better place. Even the day before yesterday, I liked his practice. The goal is to get him back in there, get him playing again. I think he got a little bit out of sync and all we’re trying to do is get him back in a better place.”

Stars coach Lindy Ruff on starting Antti Niemi jersey cheap in goal for just the second time in the past nine games

“He’s getting closer. There’s a good chance we could see him in the next couple games. Not today, but after that, I think we’d take a chance of trying to get him up and running. I don’t think it’s going to be easy for him to have that much time off, but he’s at a place now where I think he’s going to be cleared to play.”

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StorylineThe eighth place Bruins are trying to secure a playoff spot in the Wholesale NHL Jerseys
East, so this game should have plenty of intensity. The Stars are playing out the string, but are 4 2 1 in their past seven games, so they aren’t just mailing it in.

The ol’ Bruins buddies have put up good numbers when playing against one another. Seguin has 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) in 7 games against Boston. Marchand has 11 points (5 goal, 6 assists) in 8 games against Dallas. Marchand is a darkhorse for MVP with 81 points (37 goals, 44 assists), fifth in the NHL. Seguin ranks 11th in scoring with 70 points (25 goals, 45 assists)

Key number 59.7 percent

That’s the faceoff winning percentage for Boston center Patrice Bergeron jersey cheap, who has won more draws than any player in the league at 1,010.

NotableDallas (31 34 11) is coming off a 4 1 loss at Montreal Tuesday and is 11 22 5 on the road.

Boston (40 30 6) is coming off a 4 1 win over Nashville Tuesday and is 20 16 0 at home.

Antti Niemi jersey cheap is expected in goal for Dallas. He is 11 11 4 with a 3.35 GAA and .892 save percentage. He has not played in the past seven games and was pulled in his last start March 14 in Edmonton. In his last four appearances, Niemi is 0 2 0 with a 5.18 GAA and .816 save percentage.

Tuukka Rask jersey cheap is expected to start in goal for Boston. He is 34 20 4 (ranking 6th in wins) with a 2.35 GAA (11th) and .910 save percentage.

Dallas ranks 15th in scoring at 2.72 goals per game and 28th in GAA at 3.16.

Boston ranks 12th in scoring at 2.84 goals per game and 13th in GAA at 2.64.

Boston ranks 26thth in save percentage at .900. Dallas ranks 29th at .895.

Dallas ranks 20th in PP Success jersey cheap at 18.1 percent and 30th in penalty kill at 74.0 percent.

Boston ranks 8th in PP Success jersey cheap at 20.7 percent and 4th in penalty kill at 85.1 percent.

Patrick Sharp jersey cheap had hip surgery Tuesday and is out for the season. Antoine Roussel jersey cheap (hand) and Mattias Janmark (knee) are also expected to miss the rest of the season.

Julius Honka was called up from the AHL Wednesday and is expected to play. Dallas once again has eight defensemen and the expected scratches are Patrik Nemeth jersey cheap and Greg Pateryn.

The Bruins are 14 7 0 since assistant coach Bruce Cassidy replaced Claude Julien as head coach.

He said it”He might have hit the wall. We’ve played him a lot. He gave us two solid periods, and then a couple got by him. But he’s played a lot of hockey for us, and we’ve pushed the limit for him.”

Stars coach Lindy Ruff on Kari Lehtonen jersey cheap, who allowed three third period goals in a 4 1 loss at Montreal Tuesday.

“We needed it. Me stepping in there, I just wanted to make sure that I gave us a chance to win, and the guys did the rest. It was a great team effort because we blocked [24] shots, which is huge.”

it took a team effort drop the Stars’ defensive numbers into the NHL’s cellar



VANCOUVER, British Columbia The Stars are on pace to have the worst goaltending numbers in the NHL this season, but players and coaches say those stats have been earned by the entire team.

While Dallas sat 30th in goals against average at 3.29 and 30th in save percentage at .892 heading into Thursday’s game at Vancouver, Kari Lehtonen jersey cheap and Antti Niemi jersey cheap have maybe faced higher percentage scoring chances than any other goalies in the league.

“It goes a lot deeper,” captain Jamie Benn jersey cheap said. “They’re an easy target to pick on, because if you see the Dallas Stars jersey cheap are giving up 5, 6, 7 goals a night, everybody points a finger at the goalies first. But it’s 18 other guys playing in front of them, and it’s on all of us.”

The goaltending/team defense issue has been front and center during a stretch Cheap Jerseys from China
that has been the worst of the season. Dallas has been outscored 17 4 in losses to Ottawa, San Jose and Edmonton and has used both goalies in all three games. The Stars have pulled their goaltender 13 times, most in the NHL.

That’s part of the structure of having two goalies who are equal, and coach Lindy Ruff said a lot of his moves have been to motivate the team, not to punish the goalie.

“The goaltender didn’t leave the guy uncovered at the side of the net. The goaltender wasn’t the one who didn’t get in the lane on the penalty kill,” Ruff said after a 7 1 loss Tuesday at Edmonton. “Let’s spread it around a little bit here. We need more from them, but we need more from the leaders of the team.”

Ruff said the leading scorers have been trying to create scoring too much at times and have been guilty of allowing opponents to go on the counterattack. Benn played a role in the first two goals in San Jose en route to a 5 1 loss Sunday. Jason Spezza jersey cheap jersey cheap had a turnover that put the Stars on the penalty kill and turned into a game changing goal against Edmonton.

Patrick Sharp jersey cheap leads the Stars at minus 20, Spezza is minus 16, Tyler Seguin jersey cheap is minus 15 and Benn is minus 9. Those are the four worst on the team. Ruff said he would like to see the top players playing with the intensity of fourth liners such as Curtis McKenzie jersey cheap and Adam Cracknell jersey cheap, and that could create not only fewer chances against but maybe more puck possession and attack zone time.

“The model for us are the McKenzies and Cracknells. They’re really out there trying to prove they can be an everyday NHLer, and the 100 percent [they give] doesn’t drop off on any shift,” Ruff said.

“Our best players have got to do the right things. Sometimes that’s boring or hard, because the other team is trying to check you, the other team is trying to catch you from behind, the other team is trying to make it tough on you.”

And while the Stars might be changing coaching staffs at the end of the season, Ruff said he believes in the system that allowed Dallas to post 50 wins last year. He said he is going to push his team to be aggressive and play hard at both ends of the ice until the season is over.

“I know it’s hard, but we had a lot of Success jersey cheap with that format last year, and I’m not changing now,” Ruff said. “If one piece is missing inside our D zone, our D zone isn’t that good. But if every piece is there doing their job, it can be hard to create against us.”

“As hard as it is right now, you have to play for each other and play as a team,” Lehtonen said. “If even a couple of guys let down, it just doesn’t work. You need everybody at this level pulling the same rope, and that means goalies have to do their part too.”.