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11/11/11 BIG PUCKING NHL PICK OF THE DAY
Having to face two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, the Dallas Stars figured they’d be tested on their current four game road trip.
They were more than up to the challenge in what seemed like a difficult matchup their last time out, however.
After handing Washington its first home loss of the season, the Stars carry plenty of momentum into Friday night’s meeting with the Atlantic Division leading Pittsburgh Penguins.
Dallas (11-3-0) missed the playoffs for a franchise worst tying third straight season in 2010-11, but has looked every bit like a contender early on. The Stars lead the NHL in wins and are among the league leaders with 45 goals.
Dallas now faces another tough task against the Penguins, who are 4-1-1 at home while killing off all but one of their opponents’ 15 power play opportunities. The Stars have been outscored 17-6 during a four game road skid in the series.
After back to back losses, Pittsburgh (9-3-3) regrouped to conclude a three game trip with a 3-2 shootout victory over Los Angeles on Saturday. Chris Kunitz tied the game with 2:57 left in regulation before scoring the deciding goal in the fourth round of the shootout.
With five days off, there was speculation that Sidney Crosby, sidelined since Jan. 5 with a concussion, could make his much anticipated return. Crosby, however, was ruled out by coach Dan Bylsma on Thursday and won’t return until Tuesday at the earliest.
The Penguins have climbed to the top of their division with a gritty defensive effort, surrendering a league low three power play goals in 44 chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has turned away all 38 shots he’s faced when Pittsburgh has been short handed.
Fleury, 5-0-1 with a 1.44 GAA in his last six games, is 4-0-0 with a 1.96 GAA lifetime against Dallas. He’ll look to slow down Dallas’ rising star Jamie Benn, who’s notched three goals and eight assists over a six game point streak.
Kari Lehtonen, 11-1-0 with a 2.13 GAA, is 5-0-0 with a 1.77 mark on the road. However, he’s gone 0-3-1 with a 3.21 GAA in his four games at Pittsburgh
Dallas Stars – Kari Lehtonen
Pittsburgh Penguins – Marc-Andre Fleury
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