Star Gazing: vs. Detroit (1/17/12)

TUESDAY’S GAME:
Dallas Stars (24-18-1, 49 points – 3rd, Pacific Division) – play tonight at St. Louis
at Detroit Red Wings (28-15-1, 57 points – 3rd, Central Division)
7:30 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center

ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. DETROIT RED WINGS:
Overall: 101-102-35
Home: 58-42-19
Road: 43-60-16
This Season: 0-2-0
11/12/11 – @ Detroit, 2-5 L
1/3/12 – vs. Detroit, 4-5 L
1/17/12, vs. Detroit
2/14/12, @ Detroit

BROADCAST INFO: FOX Sports Southwest and Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:
1. The Dallas Stars meet for their third of four contests against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday holding a 0-2-0 record in the season series. After winning seven of eight games against Detroit, the Stars have lost three of their last four contests against them.

2. After Monday night’s game against St. Louis, Dallas’ 44th game of the season, the Stars are expected to be at 101 man games lost due to injury. It’s the first time that the Stars have lost over 100 man games to injury through 44 games since the 2008-09 hockey season when they lost 171 man games (finished season with 365 man games lost to injury). Through 44 games last season, the Stars lost 41 games to injury.

3. Tuesday’s game features three of the top-five highest goal scoring, Swedish-born hockey players since the start of the 2008-09 season. Eriksson is second with 108 goals, while Johan Franzen (DET) is third with 89 goals. Henrik Zetterberg (DET) is tied for fourth with 86 goals.

4. The Stars have had over 15,000 fans in seven of the eight home games since Tom Gaglardi reduced ticket prices throughout all of American Airlines Center. In those eight games, the Stars are averaging 15,781 fans in the building, which is a 37.6% increase over Dallas’ first 14 home games.

5. Dallas has not won a game this season on the second night of a back-to-back. The Stars have an overall record of 3-8-1 in back-to-back games with a 3-2-1 record on the first day and a 0-6-0 record on the second day. The Stars are looking for their first win on the second night of a back-to-back since April 8, 2011, when they defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in Denver.

WHO TO WATCH:
LOUI ERIKSSON has recorded at least one point in eight consecutive games against the Detroit Red Wings (6-6-12) and in 12 of his last 13 games against them overall (9-7-16). His four penalty minutes this season are the fewest among the top-50 of NHL scorers.

TREVOR DALEY’s nine career assists against Detroit are the most he has against any NHL club.

TOM WANDELL has averaged over 10 minutes of time on ice per game in five of his last seven games. He has a +5 rating in that span.

THE WEEK AHEAD:
January 17:
Morning Skate at American Airlines Center (10:30 a.m. CT)
Media availability (approx. 11 a.m. CT)
vs. Detroit Red Wings (7:30 p.m. CT, Fox Sports Southwest and 1310 The Ticket)

January 18:
Day Off – Casino Night

January 19:
Practice at Dr Pepper Arena (10:30 a.m. CT)
Media availability (approx. 11:30 a.m. CT)

January 20:
Morning Skate at American Airlines Center (10:30 a.m. CT)
Media availability (approx. 11:30 a.m. CT)
vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m. CT, Fox Sports Southwest and 1310 The Ticket)

January 21:
Morning Skate at Xcel Energy Center (11:30 a.m. CT)
Media availability (approx. Noon CT)
vs. Minnesota Wild (8 p.m. CT, TXA-21 and 1310 The Ticket)

January 22:
To Be Determined

January 23:
Practice at Dr Pepper Arena (10:30 a.m. CT)
Media availability (approx. 11:30 a.m. CT)

*ALL PRACTICE AND MEDIA AVAILABILITY TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE*

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