NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, March 9th
(All times Eastern)
Dallas Stars (12-9-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (11-10-3), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Jaromir Jagr will try to maintain his recent scoring touch
as his Dallas Stars aim for a third straight win when they visit the Phoenix
Coyotes on Saturday.
The 41-year-old Jagr has scored in three straight games, posting four goals
over that stretch to give him nine markers this season. The future Hall of
Famer now has 674 career goals, leaving him 16 shy of matching his former
Pittsburgh teammate Mario Lemieux for ninth place on the NHL's all-time list.
Jagr scored twice to help the Stars to Thursday's 5-2 road win in Los Angeles.
It was the third win in four games for Dallas, which beat an L.A. team that
had won seven of its previous eight contests.
"I have more hunger for goals than I did last year," said Jagr, who has nine
goals in 22 games this year after posting 19 in 73 last season with the
Cody Eakin added a goal and assisted on Brenden Morrow's go-ahead tally in the
third period for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen made 31 saves to pick up the win and
snap the Kings' six-game home winning streak.
Stars captain Brenden Morrow suffered a strained groin in Thursday's win and
is questionable for Saturday. However, defenseman Philip Larsen could be back
after sitting out the previous five games with an upper-body injury.
The Stars are completing a brief two-game swing on Saturday and are 7-5-1 as
the road team this season. Dallas begins a four-game homestand with Tuesday's
contest against Nashville.
Meanwhile, the Coyotes will try to halt a two-game slide on Saturday after
suffering consecutive regulation losses to Anaheim and St. Louis. The most
recent setback came in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Blues, who spoiled the
opener of Phoenix's three-game homestand.
Shane Doan, David Moss and Keith Yandle lit the lamp for the Coyotes, while
Mike Smith allowed all six goals on 29 shots.
"I don't think there's one area of our game that we can be too happy with,"
Doan said. "Everyone should be disappointed."
Phoenix fell to 8-5-1 as the host this season and will complete its homestand
Tuesday against Los Angeles.
Saturday's game is the fourth and final scheduled meeting between the Stars
and Coyotes this season. Dallas has won two of the three encounters in 2013,
but Phoenix has won the last three meetings on home ice.
03/09 11:01:22 ET