Denis Gurianov to make NHL debut



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StorylineQuite a change from when the Stars and Avalanche used to play Game 7s in the Western Conference finals, Wholesale Jerseys China
these two teams are among the worst in the NHL this season. For Dallas, the excitement will come in the form of 19 year old prospect Denis Gurianov making his NHL debut. Dallas is heavily injured and had to call up Gurianov and Mark McNeill from the AHL just to have 12 forwards.

Seguin has 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists) in 4 games against the Avalanche this season, while MacKinnon has 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) in 4 games. Seguin has 20 points (9 goals, 11 assists) in 17 career games against the Avalanche. Colorado is 30th in goals against, goals for, save percentage and power play. Dallas is 30th in penalty kill and shorthanded goals against, and also is 29th in goals against and save percentage. These are two very bad teams.

NotableDallas (33 37 11) is coming off a 7 3 loss at home to Nashville Thursday and is 21 13 6 at home.

Colorado (22 55 3) is coming off a 4 3 home loss to Minnesota Thursday and is 9 29 1 on the road.

Kari Lehtonen jersey cheap is expected to start in goal for Dallas. He is 21 25 7 on the season with a 2.85 GAA and .903 save percentage. He is 12 7 4 in his career against the Avalanche with a 2.62 GAA and .910 save percentage.

Jeremy Smith is expected in goal for Colorado. He is 1 6 0 on the season with a 3.64 GAA and .880 save percentage. The 27 year old hasnever played the Stars.

Dallas ranks 17th in scoring at 2.70 goals per game and 29th in GAA at 3.17.

Colorado ranks 30th in scoring at 2.00 goals per game and 30th in GAA at 3.38. The Avalanche goal differential of minus 110 is 51 goals worse than 29th place Arizona.

Colorado ranks 30th in save percentage at .893. Dallas ranks 29th at .894.

Dallas ranks 22nd in PP Success jersey cheap at 17.6 percent and 30th in penalty kill at 74.2 percent.

Colorado ranks 30th in PP Success jersey cheap at 12.3 percent and 29th in penalty kill at 76.6 percent.

Dallas is missing RW Brett Ritchie (lower body), C Justin Dowling (concussion like symptoms), LW Antoine Roussel jersey cheap(hand), LW Curtis McKenzie jersey cheap (eye), RW Ales Hemsky jersey cheap jersey cheap (hip), RW Patrick Sharp jersey cheap (hip), RW Jiri Hudler jersey cheap (groin), and LW Mattias Janmark (knee).

The Stars recalled Denis Gurianov and Mark McNeill from the AHL and will play both. Gurianov will make his NHL debut. McNeill, 24, played one NHL game with Chicago. He was the 18th overall pick in 2011 and was acquired from Chicago in the Johnny Oduya jersey cheap trade.

He said it”This is embarrassing. This is our own arena and we are playing in Dallas, it should be way better than this. There are no excuses for this one. It was just really bad. It’s going to be the last game of the season. This was the second to last game, and we can’t put up a game like this in our own arena. We are going to lose people coming to the games and it’s not good at all.”

Stars defenseman John Klingberg jersey cheap after a 7 3 home loss to Nashville Thursday.

“We talked about trying to finish the year off right and playing our best game for our fans, who have been right there with us from Day 1. I know there is a lot of disappointment and frustration, but we still have to be pros. They still have to play and I still have to coach.”

Stars coach Lindy Ruff on playing hard in the final game of the season.

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with how we played last year, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with how we wanted to play this year. I think it’s just a matter of if you’re not going to play with confidence and with the belief you are going to win every night, it’s hard to play any system.”

Can Dallas continue to play role of spoiler



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StorylineThis was supposed to be a battle between two favorites in the East and West, but injuries have crippled each team. Dallas is out of the playoff race, but Tampa Bay still has a chance sitting four points back with five games to play. The Lightning need a win today.

Kucherov, the talented 23 year old Lightning right wing, has 80 points (38 goals, Cheap Jerseys
42 assists) in 69 games and is proving he can consistently be among the NHL’s elite scorers. Elie, the Stars’ 21 year old rookie, has three assists and is plus 5 in his past five games and is proving he can be a key checker for this team going forward.

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That’s the number of power play goals scored by the Lightning, most in the NHL. Dallas allows the most power play goals against at 62. Both teams like to get the man advantage, as Tampa Bay is second with 262 power play opportunities and Dallas is fifth at 251. This should be a game with plenty of special teams play.

NotableDallas (32 35 11) is coming off a 3 0 win at Carolina Saturday and is 12 23 5 on the road.

Tampa Bay (38 29 10) is coming off a 2 1 OT loss against Montreal Saturday and is 21 14 4 at home.

Kari Lehtonen jersey cheap is expected in goal for Dallas. He is 21 23 7 with a 2.75 GAA and .906 save percentage. He is 4 1 1 in his past six starts with a 1.32 GAA and .950 save percentage. In his career against Tampa Bay, Lehtonen is 15 9 3 with a 2.55 GAA and .921 save percentage.

Peter Budaj jersey cheap is expected to start for Tampa Bay. He is 3 2 1 with a 2.74 GAA and .902 save percentage since being acquired by the Lightning from Los Angeles. In his career against Dallas, Budaj is 7 4 4 with a 2.63 GAA and .907 save percentage.

Dallas ranks 17th in scoring at 2.69 goals per game and 27th in GAA at 3.10.

Tampa Bay ranks 14th in scoring at 2.75 goals per game and 16th in GAA at 2.75.

Tampa Bay ranks 14th in save percentage at .910. Dallas ranks 29th at .896.

Dallas ranks 20th in PP Success jersey cheap at 17.9 percent and 30th in penalty kill at 74.1 percent.

Tampa Bay ranks 4th in PP Success jersey cheap at 22.9 percent and 12th in penalty kill at 81.0 percent.

Curtis McKenzie jersey cheap suffered an eye injury Thursday in Boston and was sent home to Dallas. 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. Ales Hemsky jersey cheap jersey cheap is day to day with a lower body injury. Jamie Oleksiak jersey cheap missed Saturday’s game with a lower body injury.

The Stars recalled Gemel Smith and Justin Dowling Friday and both played Saturday against the Hurricanes. Smith has 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) in 50 AHL games for Texas. Dowling has 28 points (8 goals, 20 assists) in 49 AHL games this season.

The Stars beat Tampa Bay in OT, 4 3, in Dallas on Feb. 18

He said it”We talked about playing the right way. There’s no point in playing sloppy hockey. We knew how hungry they were. The only thing we can do is be spoilers and take some pride in how we play.”

Stars coach Lindy Ruff after his team’s 3 0 win at Carolina Saturday.

“[Lehtonen] had some good saves. We’ve given up a lot of goals, which starts with the guys in front of him. But when the guys in front of him limit the opportunities, Kari is the type of goaltender who can feed off of it.”

Stars coach Lindy Ruff, on goalie Kari Lehtonen jersey cheap, who made 25 saves torecord his 37th career shutout Saturday.

Stars GM Jim Nill on the prognosis for winger Curtis McKenzie jersey cheap, who suffered an eye injury in Boston Thursday and was sent back to Dallas.

“I just look at it as a complete positive because we got a point out of a game that they were better than us. There’s not much wiggle room left but not getting a point out of that game would have been devastating.”

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.”.