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John Klingberg finished the game a minus-2 rating in a 3-0 loss to the New York Islanders.

Klingberg will be on the wrong end of highlight reels tonight after John Tavares made him look silly on his first goal of the game. Klingberg is on pace for 46 points this season, which would represent a drop of 12 points compared to last season. The Stars are struggling mightily so it is only normal to see one of their best players struggling as well. If the Stars hope to turn their season around, Klingberg will have to pick up his game.
Jan 19 - 10:28 PM

Kari Lehtonen stopped 33 of 35 shots in a 3-0 loss to the New York Islanders.

Lehtonen gave up two goals to Islanders' captain John Tavares. Tavares first undressed John Klingberg before beating Lehtonen, and then again beat Lehtonen on a shorthanded breakaway with just over three minutes remaining in the final period. It was a tough loss for Lehtonen to take after he delivered a solid overall performance but couldn't get any offensive support from his teammates. He is now winless in his last four starts, dropping his record to 9-13-4 on the year.
Jan 19 - 10:23 PM

Johnny Oduya (ankle) isn't available on Thursday.

Oduya aggravated his ankle injury during Thursday's game. His absence has allowed Jordie Benn to dress Thursday night.
Source: NHL.com
Jan 19 - 6:39 PM

Brett Ritchie and Curtis McKenzie will be scratched against the Islanders on Thursday.

Ritchie has had a nice season with nine goals and 14 points along with 23 PIMs and 82 hits in 45 games thus far. McKenzie meanwhile has picked up eight points along with 42 PIMs and 53 hits over 28 games.
Jan 19 - 6:10 PM

Kari Lehtonen will probably start in Thursday's game.

Lehtonen was the first goalie off the ice following the morning skate and that's usually a good way of gauging who the starter will be. He has a 2.86 GAA and .900 save percentage in 29 contests this season.
Jan 19 - 1:19 PM

Johnny Oduya aggravated an ankle injury Tuesday against the New York Rangers.

The injury will keep him out against the Islanders on Thursday night. Oduya missed 10 games from Nov. 21-Dec. 10 with the same injury. Jordie Benn is slated to step into the lineup in Oduya's place. It is also projected that Stephen Johns and/or Patrik Nemeth could see additional minutes during Oduya's absence.
Jan 19 - 9:28 AM

Johnny Oduya (undisclosed) won't play on Thursday.

Oduya sustained the injury during Tuesday's contest against the Rangers. He has a goal and seven points in 36 contests in 2016-17.
Jan 18 - 1:27 PM

Patrick Eaves compiled three points in Tuesday's 7-6 victory versus the Rangers.

He had a goal and two assists in the high-scorning win. Eaves registered his ninth power-play goal of the season in the contest. He has 16 markers and 27 points in 45 games.
Jan 18 - 12:00 PM

Johnny Oduya exited Tuesday's game against the Rangers because of an undisclosed injury.

He saw just 8:41 of ice time in the match before leaving the Stars with five defenders. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Jan 18 - 11:41 AM

Adam Cracknell scored a goal in his return to the lineup on Tuesday night.

He was a healthy scratch for the previous three games. Cracknell was also credited with six hits during 11:10 of ice time.
Jan 18 - 11:37 AM

Cody Eakin had a Gordie Howe hat trick in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

He fought New York's Chris Kreider, scored his first goal of the season and added an assist in his first game versus the Rangers since he was suspended for running over Henrik Lundqvist.
Jan 18 - 11:35 AM

Patrick Sharp netted two goals in the Stars' 7-6 win against the New York Rangers on Tuesday,

He has having his best stretch of the season in January with seven points in eight games. Sharp has generated just nine points in 20 matches this season and could be on the trading block if Dallas doesn't turn it around.
Jan 18 - 11:33 AM

Antti Niemi was pulled in Tuesday's 7-6 win over the New York Rangers.

Niemi and the Stars entered the third period with a 7-3 lead, but they watched as New York quickly cut the lead to 7-6. After the Rangers' sixth goal, Stars head coach Lindy Ruff decided it was time for him to yank Niemi for Kari Lehtonen. The Stars nearly allowed the Rangers to tie the game on several occasions, but they were ultimately able to hang on. Niemi, who still got the win, has a 10-7-4 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .902 save percentage in 2016-17.
Jan 17 - 10:18 PM

Jamie Benn scored a goal and two assists in Tuesday's crazy 7-6 win over the New York Rangers.

Benn helped the Stars build up a 7-3 lead heading into the third period. Many suspected the game was over at that point, but that was far from the case. The Rangers cut the lead to 7-6 with just over 12 minutes remaining. Thankfully for Dallas, they were able to hang on by the skin of their teeth. Benn has 11 goals 38 points in 42 games this season. Patrick Sharp (2), Radek Faksa (2), Patrick Eaves (3), Cody Eakin (2) and Lauri Korpikoski (2) all had multi-point games for Dallas tonight.
Jan 17 - 10:06 PM

Curtis McKenzie will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against the New York Rangers.

This will be his seventh consecutive game in the press box. The 25-year-old has three goals and five assists in 28 games this season. Brett Ritchie and Jordie Benn will also watch the game from the press box.
Jan 17 - 6:56 PM


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