Dallas Stars really need a win against NHL’s worst team



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StorylineFor just the second time this season, Dallas has the chance to win three games in a row. Dallas lost to Vancouver in overtime Nov. 13 following wins at Calgary and Edmonton. The Stars are in the middle of a 4 1 1 run and are playing the worst team in the NHL. You always say “they need to win this game,” but they really need to win this game.

MacKinnon has fought through a tough season and been a force to contend with every night. He has two goals and two assists in three games against the Stars this season and leads the Avalanche with 25 points (9 goals, 16 assists). Seguin has topped MacKinnon with three goals and three assists in three games against Colorado this season. He leads the Stars 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists)

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That’s the goal differential for the Avalanche, worst in the NHL. Colorado ranks last in goals scored (2.06), goals against (3.26) and that leads them to be last in record (12 21 1).

NotableDallas (15 14 7) is coming off a 3 2 win at Arizona Tuesday and is 10 5 3 at home.

Colorado (12 21 1) is coming off a 6 3 loss to Calgary at home Tuesday and is 8 9 0 on the road. The Avalanche is 1 6 0 in its past seven games.

Dallas is 2 8 4 in games following a win this season.

is expected to start for the Stars. He is 8 10 3 with a 2.83 GAA and .900 save percentage. He is coming off a 3 2 win at Arizona Tuesday and is 9 3 3 in his career against Colorado with a 3.05 GAA and .890 save percentage. He is 1 1 1 in his career against the Stars with a 3.01 GAA and .908 save percentage.

Antoine Roussel jersey cheap (upper body) and Patrick Sharp jersey cheap (concussion) are both close to being ready, but both remain on IR.

Cody Eakin jersey cheap returns after serving a four game suspension for hitting Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist jersey cheap. Eakin’s return allowed the team to assign Jason Dickinson to the AHL Wednesday.

Stephen Johns and Patrik Nemeth jersey cheap are expected to be healthy scratches on defense for Dallas. This is the 10 scratch for Nemeth in the past 12 games.

The Stars are 2 1 0 against the Avalanche this season, losing the first game 6 5 Oct. 15 at Colorado, then winning 3 2 at Dallas Nov. 17 and 3 0 at Colorado Dec. 3.

He said it”You feel for him when they’re bouncing off the back and in front Cheap NHL Jerseys
of people and stuff, but at the same time it’s in our zone, and we’re not pushing it their way. There were some unfortunate plays, but we still take responsibility for that and have to find ways to be better. They were better than us tonight.”

Colorado forward Jarome Iginla jersey cheap on goalie after a 6 3 loss to Calgary.

“We’ve really tried to look at it game by game, knowing Antti has played better at home and Kari has played better on the road. If you look at this game, Kari played a really strong game against them last time, but we also want to get Antti back in, because he’s been really good. We go through this process almost every game, weighing different numbers and trying to balance all of that.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff on the decision to play Friday. Lehtonen had a 23 save shutout Dec. 3 in a 3 0 win at Colorado.

Struggling Jamie Benn still seeking his first point vs



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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.”

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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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