banner

NHL

more stats

Playoff-hungry Stars shoot for another win in Florida

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Stars will try to extend their lead for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference when they visit the Florida Panthers on Sunday.

Dallas recorded a 5-2 win Saturday at Tampa Bay and the win allowed the Stars to leapfrog idle Phoenix for the final wild card spot in the West. Dallas has 87 points and five games to play, while Phoenix has 86 points and four games left. The Coyotes are idle again on Sunday.

Jamie Benn had two goals and an assist to help the Stars down the Lightning on Saturday. Vernon Fiddler and Tyler Seguin each posted a goal and an assist for Dallas, which has won six of their past eight games.

Antoine Roussel scored the other goal while Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 shots.

It's unclear if Lehtonen will start on consecutive days or if backup Tim Thomas will get the call. Thomas began this season with Florida and posted a 16-20-3 record and a 2.87 goals against average in 40 games with the Panthers before getting dealt to Dallas. The two-time Vezina Trophy winner is just 2-2-1 with a 3.37 GAA in six games with Stars following the trade.

The Stars are completing a three-game road trip on Sunday before playing three straight on home ice. Dallas will then return to the road to complete its regular season on April 13 in Phoenix.

Dallas has lost two straight and four of its last five meetings with the Panthers, but the Stars have picked up 4-1 wins in each of their last two trips to Sunrise, Fla.

The Panthers will miss the playoffs for the 12th time in 13 seasons this spring and the club is not relishing in their spoiler role at the moment. Florida has lost five straight in regulation and going 1-8-0 over its last nine outings.

Florida is closing its season on a five-game homestand, but dropped the opener of that residency against Calgary on Friday. Mike Cammalleri netted the winner early in the second period to help the Flames record a 2-1 win at BB&T Center.

Vincent Trocheck provided the lone score and Roberto Luongo made 15 saves for the Panthers, who have lost three straight on home ice to fall to 14-18-5 as the host this season.

"A win would have been nice, but the effort was there," Luongo said. "We just couldn't get the equalizer."

04/06 11:54:13 ET

Other Stories

Hurricanes

Hurricanes vs. Caps 1
Hurricanes activate Skinner, assign Brown, Sutter to Charlotte

Nearly two weeks after he sustained a concussion against the Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner was removed from injured reserve Friday, the team announced.

Related Stories
TV
  • World Series: Kansas City vs. San Francisco

    Tonight at 7:30 on FOX50

Scoreboard
Local
Final
ATL 117
CHA 114
8:00pm Tonight
WIN
CAR
8:07pm Tonight
KAN
SFG
Final
CLE 107
CHI 98
Final
WAS 84
NOP 88
Final
ATL 117
CHA 114
Final
NYK 107
MIL 120
Final
BRK 99
PHI 88
Final
DAL 108
MEM 103
Final
SAN 106
SAC 99
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
HOU
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
IND
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
UTA
 
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
POR
 
10:00pm Tonight
LAL
PHO
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
LAC
 
8:00pm Tonight
LALAF
ARKST
 
Final
EDM 3
TAM 2
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
NYR
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
SJS
7:00pm Tonight
NYI
TOR
7:30pm Tonight
MON
DET
8:00pm Tonight
NAS
ARI
8:00pm Tonight
WIN
CAR
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
PHI
 
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
VAN
 
9:00pm Tonight
COL
FLA
 
9:00pm Tonight
CAL
TAM
 
Final
PIT 30
HOU 23