The Ottawa Senators are coming off a big win against the Los Angeles Kings, while the Dallas Stars are coming off a big loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. One team has momentum, the other doesn't want to be embarrassed in Ontario for a second time.
The Ottawa Senators line-up will stay the same, with Pascal Leclaire getting the start in net and David Hale taking Erik Karlsson's spot on the blue-line.
Last meeting: Saturday, March 20, 2010 in Dallas. Stars beat Senators 5-4. Pascal Leclaire allows 5 goals in 44:33 and is pulled. He slams the gate to the bench angrily before running through the dressing room hallway. Jason Spezza records hat trick and adds an assist for a 4-point night.
Post-lockout record vs. Dallas: 2-2-0
Pascal Leclaire career vs. Dallas: 2-2-2, 3.69 GAA, .870 SV%, 0 SO
Andrew Raycroft career vs. Ottawa: 8-9-1-3 (a tie!), 3.15 GAA, .896 SV%, 1 SO
Nick Foligno: 0 goals this season, 2 in 2010 over a span of 49 regular season and 6 playoff games.
David Hale: Will the Senators' lucky rabbit foot help win another game? The Senators are 8-3-0 with Hale in the lineup.
Dallas has the second-worst penalty kill in the NHL, tied with Carolina at 75.3%.
Did you know? The Stars have not scored an empty net goal this season.
Finally, while Ottawa's lineup remains the same, Dallas has recalled Swiss defenceman Severin Blindenbacher to take the place of injured Mark Fistric. Tonight will be the fantastically-named Blindenbacher's first NHL game.
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