After getting off to such a fast start last season, the Dallas Stars are off to their worst start in 12 years.
The Stars will try and get on track Wednesday at the American Airlines Center against the Los Angeles Kings - a team they won all eight game over last season.
Dallas (1-2-0) opened last season with five straight victories, and wins in 11 of its first 13 games. It finished in second place in the Pacific Division with 107 points, earning a trip to the playoffs for the ninth time in 10 seasons.
Although the Stars are returning the same core group from last season including center Mike Modano, goaltender Marty Turco and defensemen Sergei Zubov and Philippe Boucher, they've gotten off to their worst start since 1995-96 when they also started 1-2-0.
On Saturday, Dallas lost to Nashville 5-1 despite outshooting the Predators 29-22.
"It's three games into the season," Boucher told the team's official Web site. "We feel good about this team, we have all the right to feel good about our team. We know we have things we have to address after three games, but that's it.
"We've got to stay positive, work at it. This is a good team, we just have to go out and prove it, and prove it all year."
The Stars try and bounce back against the Kings, whom they had no problems with last season. Dallas outscored Los Angeles 30-16 while sweeping the season series.
Boucher, who had recorded one assist in each game this season, had five goals and four assists against the Kings last season.
While the Stars swept the Kings for the first time since winning all six games in 1998-99, Dallas went just 2-5-1 against Los Angeles in 2005-06.
"Even though we played well against them last year, the year before we didn't," Turco said. "It's going to be a good game. They're going to come in here all fired up regardless of home or road, they're going to play hard, and that's a good challenge for us."
Turco went 5-0-0 with a 1.77 goals-against average against the Kings last season after going 2-3-1 with a 3.88 GAA against them in 2005-06. In his career against them, he's 11-8-1 with two ties and a 2.58 GAA.
Turco, who didn't face the Predators, is 1-1-0 with a 2.52 GAA this season.
Los Angeles (1-2-0) returned home after splitting its two-game series against Anaheim in London, but lost to St. Louis 5-3 on Saturday. The Kings had a 3-1 lead after two periods, but got outshot 15-4 in the third.
"Our next opportunity is against Dallas in a very tough building to play and against a team that we had no success against last year," Los Angeles coach Marc Crawford told the Kings' official Web site. "Notice I said we had no success, we didn't even have a little success, we had no success, so we have lots of motivation."
Michael Cammalleri, who had 34 goals and a team-high 80 points last season, also scored, and has four goals in the first three games.
Nineteen-year-old rookie Jonathan Bernier stopped 27 shots against St. Louis in just his second career game.
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