Stars-Kings Preview

Dallas Stars at Los Angeles Kings
Thursday March 21
9:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (13-13-3) lost 4-3 at Colorado Wednesday night. The Stars had a 2-0 lead after the first period, and a 3-2 lead after two periods but couldn’t hang on to win.

“It’s pretty disappointing. We’ve got to find ways to play complete games,” said Stars defenseman Trevor Daley. “When you’ve got a two-goal lead you’ve got to find ways to put teams away.”

The Stars have lost four of their last six games (1-4-1).

The Stars have given up 15 goals over their last three games.

Injuries: D Philip Larsen (illness) is probable. LW Ray Whitney (upper body) is questionable. RW Ryan Garbutt (hand) and D Aaron Rome (foot) are out.

About the Kings

The Kings (17-10-2) won their third straight game, topping the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 Tuesday night at Staples Center. The Kings won despite giving up a season-high 42 shots in the game. Jonathan Bernier made 40 saves and a Jarret Stoll power play goal proved to be the game-winner.

“We knew they were going to be hungry, even from the first puck drop,” said Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, who scored his first goal of the season in the game. “We were pretty [poor] at the start of that third period. Our 5-on-5 play was pretty bad. If it wasn’t for our special teams and our goaltending tonight, we wouldn’t have won the game.”

The Kings improved to 3-0-0 on their current homestand, which runs five games.

Injuries: D Matt Greene (back) and D Willie Mitchell (knee) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the second of five meetings between the Stars and Kings.

*March 7, Dallas at Los Angeles: Stars 5, Kings 2

Statistical tidbits

*The Kings are 11-1-0 in their last 12 home games, the only loss coming to the Stars on March 7.

*The Stars have won their last three games at Staples Center.

*The Kings have won 12 of their last 16 games overall (12-4-0) and have outscored their opposition 58-37 during that stretch.

*The Stars have allowed four goals or more in nine of their last 16 games and are 6-8-2 during that stretch.

*The Kings are 8-22 (36.4%) on the power play over the last seven games.

*The Stars are 1-20 (5.0%) on the power play over their last five games.

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Kings
Record 13-13-3 17-10-2
Home 6-6-2 12-2-1
Away 7-7-1 5-8-1
Last 5 1-3-1 3-2-0
Last 10 4-5-1 7-3-0
Streak Lost Won 3
Goals/game 2.59 (18th) 3.00 (6th)
Goals against/game 3.00 (24th) 2.48 (8th)
5-on-5  F/A 0.91 (18th) 1.30 (5th)
Power play 16.8 (19th) 20.4 (9th)
Penalty kill 81.8 (13th) 80.9 (17th)
Shots/game 27.1 (27th) 28.9 (15th)
Shots against/game 29.7 (20th) 25.0 (2nd)
Faceoffs 47.7 (23rd) 51.1 (10th)
Team Leaders Stars Kings
Goals Jagr: 11 Carter: 18
Assists: Goligoski: 14 Kopitar: 19
Points: Jagr: 21 Kopitar: 28
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 10-7-2, 2.54, .916
Bachman: 2-3-0, 4.27, .838
Nilstorp, 1-3-1, 3.09, .897
Campbell: 0-0-0, 0.00, .000
Quick: 10-8-2, 2.56, .896
Bernier: 7-2-0, 1.94, .923

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