Stars-Predators Preview

Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators
Monday February 25
7:00 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Network
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (9-8-1) are coming off a 3-1 victory over San Jose Saturday at American Airlines Center. Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 31 of 32 shots for his first NHL win, and Jamie Benn had a goal, an assist and a fight in the game.

“Whenever you can get a chance to get points against your own division, it’s big,” said Benn. “We were fortunate enough to get two points tonight, and I thought our team played pretty good.”

The Stars lost defenseman Aaron Rome and Philip Larsen during the game.

The Stars recalled defensemen Jamie Oleksiak and Carl Sneep from the Texas Stars of the AHL on Sunday.

Rome and defenseman Trevor Daley were placed on IR Sunday. Daley is eligible to come off IR Monday, and is expected to play.

Nilstorp is the likely starter in goal for the Stars.

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

About the Predators

The Predators (8-6-5) are coming off a 4-0 loss at Detroit on Saturday. It was the second straight shutout loss for the Predators, who outshot the Red Wings 33-27.

“Got to find a way to score,” Nashville defenseman Shea Weber said. “Chances aren’t going to win the games.”

Nashville hasn’t scored a goal since Weber tallied in overtime to beat Detroit, 4-3, on February 19.

The Predators have lost four of their last five games (1-3-1).

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

Series Notes

*This is the first of three meetings between the Stars and Predators this season.

*The two teams split last season’s series, both going 2-2-0 in the four games.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have scored three goals or more in nine straight games and in ten of the last eleven.

*The Predators have been shut out in their last two games, three of the last eight and a league-high five times this season.

*The Predators, who are averaging a league-low 1.95 goals per game, have scored two goals or fewer in 12 of their 19 games this season.

*The Predators have allowed only two power play goals against at home this season, and are 23-25 (92.0%) on the penalty kill at home this season, ranking third in the league.

*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.

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Predators
Record 9-8-1 8-6-5
Home 4-3-1 4-2-3
Away 5-5-0 4-4-2
Last 5 2-3-0 1-3-1
Last 10 6-4-0 4-4-2
Streak Won 1 Lost 2
Goals/game 2.56 (18th) 1.95 (30th)
Goals against/game 2.67 (17th) 2.05 (3rd)
Power play 16.7 (18th) 14.3 (25th)
Penalty kill 83.3 (11th) 84.4 (7th)
Shots/game 26.5 (28th) 24.2 (30th)
Shots against/game 30.8 (23rd) 27.2 (6th)
Faceoffs 47.8 (24th) 50.4 (15th)
Team Leaders Stars Predators
Goals Benn, Ryder: 6 Wilson: 5
Assists: Jagr, Goligoski, Roy: 8 Wilson: 9
Points: Benn, Jagr: 13 Wilson: 14
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 7-2-1, 2.12, .934
Bachman: 1-3-0, 3.95, .857
Nilstorp, 1-3-0, 2.60, .913
Rinne: 7-5-4, 1.77, 931
Mason: 1-1-1, 3.42, .888

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