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Vancouver Canucks (26-20-8)
@ Dallas Stars (26-20-7)

Friday, Feb 13, 2009, 7:30 PM CST
American Airlines Center
Television: FS-SW | Radio: WBAP
Opponents website: Nucks Misconduct

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The Dallas Stars hope to start off a critical five game stretch tonight against the suddenly resurgent Vancouver Canucks. After winning a season high five straight games, the Stars are just 2-2-0 in their last four and have seen their buffer on a playoff spot diminish considerably.

Marty Turco is scheduled to extend his franchise record games streak to 25 tonight, continuing what has been a remarkable run for the goalie following an abysmal start to the season. Turco has a 2.37 goals-against average during his games streak and has led the Stars on a charge up the standings. He stopped 28 of 29 shots in his last game against Phoenix, but it was one too many let in as Dallas fell 1-0.

Vancouver, after going 0-5-3 in a drop down the Western conference standings, have now won four straight games after last night's 4-3 come from behind win over Phoenix. Roberto Luongo is 4-2-3 since his return from injury, yet has allowed less than three goals just once in that span. The Canucks are finding ways to win despite their goaltender not playing great and are averaging 5.25 goals a game during their winning streak.

This game has all the making for a classic, playoff-style game with playoff positioning at stake. With their win last night the Canucks pulled ahead of the Stars in the West, although the Stars still hold a very slim advantage in points percentage. This is a must win game for both teams and I fully expect a close game until the end.

Key Injuries:

Vancouver: None.

Dallas: RW Landon Wilson (ribs) is doubtful.

Stats comparison, via NHL.com

2008-2009 Team Stats
60 Points: 59
26 Wins: 26
6 Shutouts: 2
12 Power Play Rank: 20
25 Penalty Kill Rank: 26
.682 Win % When Leading After 1: .875
.842 Win % When Leading After 2: .870
.300 Win % When Trailing After 1: .320
.200 Win % When Trailing After 2:

.056

Current Western conference standings:

# GP W L   OT PTS GF GA HOME AWAY L10
1 SAN JOSE* 52 37 7   8 82 178 123 23-2-3 14-5-5 5-2-3
2 DETROIT* 55 37 11   7 81 208 159 20-4-2 17-7-5 6-3-1
3 CALGARY* 55 32 18   5 69 171 160 20-7-3 12-11-2 5-4-1
4 CHICAGO 52 30 14   8 68 175 134 14-4-5 16-10-3 6-4-0
5 ANAHEIM 57 28 24   5 61 159 158 15-11-3 13-13-2 5-5-0
6 VANCOUVER 54 26 20   8 60 164 159 13-11-4 13-9-4 4-3-3
7 DALLAS 53 26 20   7 59 162 165 15-7-4 11-13-3 7-3-0
8 MINNESOTA 54 28 23   3 59 139 124 17-10-3 11-13-0 6-4-0
9 EDMONTON 54 27 23   4 58 153 168 13-11-3 14-12-1 5-4-1
10 COLUMBUS 54 26 23   5 57 145 152 17-9-1 9-14-4 5-4-1
11 LOS ANGELES 53 24 22   7 55 138 147 13-12-6 11-10-1 7-2-1
12 NASHVILLE 55 26 26   3 55 135 156 15-10-1 11-16-2 6-4-0
13 PHOENIX 56 25 26   5 55 140 168 16-10-2 9-16-3 2-8-0
14 ST LOUIS 54 22 25   7 51 157 171 13-11-4 9-14-3 5-2-3
15 COLORADO 55 25 29   1 51 148 169 16-13-0 9-16-1 3-7-0


As always, join us here for the live game thread, tonight at 7:00 PM CST

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