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Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars
Tuesday March 12
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (12-10-2) are coming off a 2-1 loss at Phoenix on Saturday, which gave them a 1-1-0 record on their two-game road trip. The Stars fell behind 2-0 in the game, scored on a five-on-three power play to cut the lead to one but couldn’t cash in on a second five-on-three to tie the game.

“We should have got a point. (Down) 2-0 against these guys, it’s not easy to come back,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “We had lots of time and chances, we just didn’t convert. Better fate, I don’t know. I wish we could have got a point out of here.”

Tuesday’s game begins a four-game homestand for the Stars, who play nine of their next 11 games at American Airlines Center, where they are 5-4-1 this season.

“We have four big home games here and we need to get points,” said Gulutzan.

Center Jamie Benn (wrist) did not practice Monday. Ray Whitney (foot) and Brenden Morrow (groin) both practiced, although Morrow left early. All three are questionable for Tuesday.

The Stars recalled RW Tomas Vincour from the Texas Stars (AHL) on Monday and assigned LW Matt Fraser to Texas.

Injuries: LW Jamie Benn (wrist) and LW Ray Whitney (foot) and LW Brenden Morrow (groin) are questionable. D Aaron Rome (foot) is out.

About the Predators

The Predators (10-9-6) are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to Minnesota in Nashville Saturday that gave them a 1-0-1 record on a two-game homestand.

“We found a way to try to win without a couple of our scorers (Colin Wilson and Patric Hornqvist),” said Nashville coach Barry Trotz. “We found a way to get a point. If we could have won the shootout, we could have had two.”

The Predators begin a five-game road trip on Tuesday and will begin it without Wilson and Hornqvist, both of whom went on injured reserve Monday.

The Predators recalled forward Matt Halischuk from a conditioning assignment in the AHL, and activated forward Brandon Yip from injured reserve on Monday.

Injuries:  F Colin Wilson (upper body), F Patric Hornqvist (upper body) and D Hal Gill (lower body) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the second of three meetings between the Stars and Predators.

*February 25, at Nashville: Predators 5, Stars 4 (OT)

Statistical tidbits

*The Predators have dropped their last six road games (0-5-1), including the last five in regulation.

*The Predators are 9-0-5 when scoring the first goal of the game and 1-9-1 when their opponent scores first.

*The Stars are 9-3-1 when they score first and 3-7-1 when their opponent scores first.

*The Predators, the league’s lowest scoring team, have scored one goal or fewer in six of the last eight games. In the two games they scored more than one, they tallied six goals and five goals.

*The Stars are 8-27 (29.6%) on the power play over the last seven games.

*The Predators have allowed 10 power play goals over the last seven games and are 12-22 (54.5%) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*Stars forward Jaromir Jagr has scored goals in four straight games and has five goals during that stretch.

*Predators defenseman Shea Weber has 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in his last 12 games.

*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen has allowed two goals or fewer in seven of his last eight starts.

*Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne currently has an even-strength shutout streak of 124:56.

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Predators
Record 12-10-2 10-9-6
Home 5-4-1 6-2-4
Away 7-6-1 4-7-2
Last 5 3-2-0 1-3-1
Last 10 5-4-1 3-6-1
Streak Lost 1 OT 1
Goals/game 2.75 (15th) 2.08 (30th)
Goals against/game 2.79 (16th) 2.24 (4th)
5-on-5  F/A 0.96 (18th) 0.97 (16th)
Power play 19.5 (11th) 16.5 (19th)
Penalty kill 84.3 (8th) 77.4 (26th)
Shots/game 26.8 (28th) 24.4 (24th)
Shots against/game 30.2 (21st) 27.0 (7th)
Faceoffs 47.0 (26th) 50.6 (14th)
Team Leaders Stars Predators
Goals Jagr: 10 Wilson: 7
Assists: Roy, Goligoski: 12 Wilson: 12
Points: Jagr: 18 Wilson: 19
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 9-4-1, 2.23, .929
Bachman: 2-3-0, 3.92, .848
Nilstorp, 1-3-1, 3.09, .897
Rinne: 9-8-5, 2.20, .920
Mason: 1-1-1, 2.89, .900

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