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Dallas Stars vs. Phoenix Coyotes

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By Dave Vest
GLENDALE -- The Coyotes will play the first of nine home games in March tonight against the Dallas Stars at Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. (Arizona time).

Phoenix (33-21-10) will enter the game in second place in the Pacific Division standings, two points behind first-place San Jose, which hosts Colorado tonight. Phoenix is fourth in the Western Conference standings.

The Coyotes, who will be trying to snap a three-game winless streak, have beaten Dallas three consecutive times since losing on Nov. 5 and have outscored the Stars, 9-4, in those wins.

The Coyotes have won five straight games at home (Feb. 5-17) and are tied with San Jose for the current longest home winning streak.

Ilya Bryzgalov will start in goal for the Coyotes. Kari Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars.

The Coyotes are expecting defenseman Rostislav Klesla to make his debut tonight. Phoenix acquired Klelsa and minor-league forward Dane Byers in a trade with Columbus on Monday for forward Scottie Upshall and defenseman Sami Lepisto. Klesla hasn't played since Jan. 22 because of a lower-body injury.

"He’s an intelligent player," Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney said about Klesla. "We talked to Radim Vrbata (who knows Klesla) and did all the homework to make sure he’s the right fit for us. And certainly we feel that he’s going to be good and we keep our fingers crossed that we made the right choice."

Phoenix will wear its third (black) jersey for the 10th time this season tonight against Dallas. The Coyotes have a record of 5-4 when donning the black threads.

Defenseman Rostislav Klesla is expected to play for the Coyotes tonight. Photo by Getty Images.
Dallas (33-23-6) will enter the game in fourth place in the Pacific Division standings and eighth in the Western Conference standings thanks to a two-game winning streak.

Forward Loui Eriksson has scored the game-winning goal in each of the last two games for Dallas and ranks ninth in the NHL with nine game-winning goals this season.

Newcomer Alex Goligoski, whom the Stars acquired from Pittsburgh on Feb. 21, ranks eighth in the NHL in plus/minus at plus-22. Goligoski has the highest plus/minus ranking amongst the top 20 scoring defensemen in the NHL.

Forward Steve Ott has been dominant in the faceoff circles this season winning 58.6 percent of his draws. Only three other NHLers are more successful.

Who's Hot
Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker, the eighth overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, has a four-game assist streak in which he's notched six helpers.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen, who has a 1.34 goals-against average and a .955 save percentage in his last three starts, ranks fifth in the NHL in saves (1,378).
Did You Know?
  • New Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla, who wore sweater No. 97 in Columbus, will wear No. 16 with Phoenix.

  • Coyotes backup goalie Jason LaBarbera, who was accidentally hit in the head by a puck  during warmups on Sunday night in Chicago, is OK and will dress for tonight's game.
  • This game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM). A link to the radio broadcast will be provided at at 7 p.m.

Click below to listen to members of the Coyotes talk about tonight's game.

• Rostislav Klesla

Dave King

Mikkel Boedker

  Nicklas Grossman
  Brad Richards
  Ed Jovanovski
2010-2011 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 29 '11 DAL 1 at PHX 2 - SO R. Whitney
Mar 01 '11 DAL 3 at PHX 2 J. Benn
Feb 09 '11 PHX 3 at DAL 2 - OT R. Vrbata
Dec 26 '10 PHX 1 at DAL 0 K. Turris
Dec 11 '10 DAL 2 at PHX 5 S. Doan
Nov 05 '10 PHX 3 at DAL 6 J. Benn
B. Richards56243963+42473
L. Eriksson62213859+13696
M. Ribeiro63124052-52263
B. Morrow63251843-56072
J. Neal59211839+86053
J. Benn50142135-44032
A. Goligoski64102434+233644
S. Robidas6242226+05711
S. Ott63101424-814322
J. Langenbrunner5281624-163513
T. Daley6351722+62821
A. Burish557512+49101
B. Segal36459+03401
N. Grossmann54189+43500
J. Woywitka44167+61810
T. Wandell56516-21001
K. Skrastins59336-53601
M. Niskanen45066-13000
B. Sutherby48224-75600
M. Fistric44224-64401
T. Petersen41134-8600
K. Barch35213-68000
A. Gagnon19022-3000
J. Williams8022+2200
P. Larsen6022+1000
T. Vincour10000-2000
T. Morin3000+0000
F. Wathier3000-2000
R. Sawada1000-1000
C. Sceviour1000-1000
K. Lehtonen5026-18-612915322.60.916
A. Raycroft188-5-0384272.75.911
R. Bachman10-0-0040.001.000
K. Yandle65104454+16630
R. Whitney60123648-31830
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L. Korpikoski65141731+121402
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T. Pyatt60161026+102526
M. Hanzal58151025+24675
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W. Wolski3661016-61000
M. Rozsival4841216+13011
E. Jovanovski475914+33711
D. Morris614913-115411
S. Lepisto514711+73700
R. Klesla464711+102600
O. Ekman-Larsson4511011+32200
M. Boedker19189+7400
D. Schlemko29268+22000
A. Ebbett17112+0201
P. Bissonnette37101+45100
B. MacLean2101+0011
N. Yonkman16011+53900
P. Prucha11011+0400
G. Stafford2000+0000
C. Summers2000-3400
I. Bryzgalov5227-16-713416222.61.917
J. LaBarbera166-6-3474823.43.902
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