Will the right ratio be the
key for Dallas and Ottawa?

The two most dominant teams so far this season also have been two of the league's hottest of late.

Updated: January 27, 2003, 3:30 PM ET
By by Thom Henninger, STATS. Inc.
In an impressive follow-up to the Super Bowl, the National Hockey League tonight features its own version of No. 1 vs. No. 1, when the point leaders from each conference, the Ottawa Senators and Dallas Stars, square off in Dallas. The two most dominant teams so far this season also have been two of the league's hottest of late.

With a loss to Tampa Bay on Friday, the Stars concluded a 12-game unbeaten streak, during which they posted a 9-0-3 record and doubled their opponents' scoring, 42-21. After rebounding on Saturday to beat a talented conference rival, St. Louis, on the Blues' home ice, the Stars easily rank first in points in the Western Conference and enjoy a comfortable lead in a surprisingly lackluster Pacific Division. The Senators, the point leader in the Eastern Conference, have outscored all NHL clubs in 2002-03 and lead the entire league in wins and points. Dating back to December 5, a span of 27 games, the Senators have lost just five times and have collected 42 of a possible 54 points.

Both Dallas and Ottawa are well-rounded clubs, proficient at both scoring and keeping their opponents off the scoreboard.

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