Stars-Kings Preview

Los Angeles Kings at Dallas Stars
Tuesday April 8
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (18-17-3) won their second straight game, rallying for a 5-4 shootout win at San Jose Sunday. The Stars overcame 2-0 and 4-2 deficits in the game. Alex Chiasson scored two goals. Jamie Benn had two assists and scored the lone goal of the shootout.

“That was incredible,” said Chiasson. “Down by two goals twice and we came back twice in the game. We just kept believing.”

The Stars enter Tuesday’s game four points behind eighth place Detroit with a game in hand.

The Stars’ last meeting with the Kings (March 31 in Dallas) did not go well. The Stars lost 3-2 and were outshot 40-15.

“We’re hungry to play. It’s going to be a little bit more of a direct game,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “The last time we played the turnovers were 35-5, that’s not going to happen. We’re going to be direct and physical, and I think it is going to be a heck of a game.”

Kari Lehtonen will start in goal Tuesday.

The Stars recalled defenseman Jordie Benn from the Texas Stars (AHL) on Monday.

Injuries:  LW Lane MacDermid (upper body) is questionable.

About the Kings

The Kings (22-13-4) are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to the Ducks in Anaheim on Sunday. The Kings overcame one-goal deficits three times in the game and ended up outshooting the Ducks 38-22, but the Ducks outscored them 3-1 in the shootout.

“It’s frustrating because I think we deserved better,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. “We outplayed them. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. We outshot them by a pretty big margin and we came back three times down a goal, and that shows a lot of character and how bad we want to win. It’s just too bad we didn’t get both.”

The Kings come into Tuesday’s game in fourth place in the West, one point ahead of fifth-place San Jose and two points ahead of sixth-place Minnesota.

The Kings activated Dustin Penner (lower body) from injured reserve on Monday.

Injuries: LW Dustin Penner (lower body) is questionable. D Matt Greene (back) and D Willie Mitchell (knee) are out.

Series Notes

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

*March 7, Dallas at Los Angeles: Stars 5, Kings 2
*March 21, Dallas at Los Angeles: Stars 2, Kings 0
*March 31, Los Angeles at Dallas: Kings 3, Stars 2

Statistical tidbits

*The Kings have outshot the Stars 113-58 in three games this season, but have been outscored 9-5.

*The Kings are 3-1-2 in their last six road games.

*The Stars have lost three of their last four at home (1-3-0).

*The Kings have scored three goals or more in seven of their last eight games.

*The Stars have scored three goals or more in seven of their last eleven games.

*Stars forward Alex Chiasson has three goals in the last two games.

*Kings forward Jeff Carter has five goals in the last six games.

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Kings
Record 18-17-3 22-13-4
Home 8-9-2 14-4-1
Away 10-8-1 8-9-3
Last 5 2-3-0 3-1-1
Last 10 5-5-0 5-3-2
Streak Won 2 OT 1
Goals/game 2.68 (13th) 2.90 (8th)
Goals against/game 3.05 (26th) 2.38 (8th)
5-on-5  F/A 0.92 (21st) 1.26 (6th)
Power play 17.5 (17th) 20.0 (10th)
Penalty kill 81.9 (15th) 81.4 (17th)
Shots/game 26.9 (28th) 30.1 (10th)
Shots against/game 30.9 (22nd) 24.4 (1st)
Faceoffs 47.8 (25th) 51.4 (7th)
Team Leaders Stars Kings
Goals Eriksson: 10 Carter: 23
Assists: Goligoski: 20 Kopitar: 25
Points: Benn: 27 Kopitar: 35
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 14-11-2, 2.66, .916
Bachman: 3-3-0, 4.23, .838
Nilstorp, 1-3-1, 3.09, .897
Quick: 13-11-3, 2.49. .898
Bernier: 9-2-1, 1.86, .922

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