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Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars
Friday March 29
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (15-14-3) haven’t played since Monday, when they lost 7-4 to the Wild at American Airlines Center. The Stars gave up a season-high 42 shots in the game.

“We’ve got to be stronger in our own end defensively, in front of the net,” said Stars center Derek Roy. “Kari (Lehtonen) can’t be making five or six saves in a row.”

This is the third game of a five-game homestand for the Stars, who have a 1-1-0 mark after the first two games.

The Stars enter Fridays’ game in 10th place in the Western Conference, three points out of eighth place.

Injuries:  F Ryan Garbutt (hand) is out.

About the Wild

The Wild (20-10-2) made it seven wins in a row with a 4-3 overtime win over Phoenix in St. Paul Wednesday night. Ryan Suter tied the game with 54.3 seconds left in regulation and Mikko Koivu won it 2:43 into OT.

“It’s nice to win a hockey game when you don’t play your best,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said. “But at the same time, I think our guys know we weren’t at our best and we’re going to have to be better.”

Minnesota is 9-1-0 in its last 10, 14-4-0 in its last 18 and is 16-5-1 in its last 22 games overall.

The Wild recalled goaltender Matt Hackett from Houston of the AHL on Wednesday and assigned F Jake Dowell to Houston.

Injuries: G Josh Harding (illness) is out.

Series Notes

*This is the third and final meeting between the Stars and Wild.

*January 20, Dallas at Minnesota: Wild 1, Stars 0
*March 25, Minnesota at Dallas: Wild 7, Stars 4

Statistical tidbits

*Minnesota has won five straight road games.

*The Stars are 4-6-1 in their last 11 games at home.

*Minnesota has scored four goals or more in eight of its last 14 games and is averaging 3.57 goals per game during that stretch.

*The Stars have allowed four or more goals in seven of their last 14 games and are allowing 3.43 goals per game over that stretch.

*Stars forward Jaromir Jagr is on a four-game goal scoring streak and has scored nine goals over the last 12 games.

*Jagr is one assist shy of 1,000 for his NHL career.

*Wild center Mikko Koivu is on a five-game points streak (three goals, five assists).

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Wild
Record 15-14-3 20-10-2
Home 7-7-2 12-3-1
Away 8-7-1 8-7-1
Last 5 3-2-0 5-0-0
Last 10 4-5-1 9-1-0
Streak Lost 1 Won 7
Goals/game 2.69 (14th) 2.72 (15th)
Goals against/game 3.00 (24th) 2.41 (6th)
5-on-5  F/A 0.97 (17th) 1.04 (14th)
Power play 17.2 (21st) 17.9 (17th)
Penalty kill 82.2 (12th) 85.9 (4th)
Shots/game 27.0 (26th) 28.6 (18th)
Shots against/game 30.6 (22nd) 28.2 (10th)
Faceoffs 47.7 (23rd) 53.0 (3rd)
Team Leaders Stars Wild
Goals Jagr: 14 Parise: 14
Assists: Jamie Benn, Roy, Goligoski: 16 Suter: 24
Points: Jagr: 25 Koivu: 30
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 12-8-2, 2.56, .919
Bachman: 2-3-0, 4.27, .838
Nilstorp, 1-3-1, 3.09, .897
Backstrom: 18-7-2, 2.32, .917
Kuemper: 1-2-0, 2.22, .924
Harding: 1-1-0, 2.92, .885

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