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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

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Los Angeles Kings vs. Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars hope to end their homestand on a high note by continuing their domination of the Los Angeles Kings.

The Stars (16-11-4) look for their seventh straight home win over the Kings when the Pacific Division rivals clash on Thursday night at the American Airlines Center.

Dallas is 8-5-2 at home this season and has won five of its last seven there. The two losses came against San Jose and Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa in the first two games of the home swing.

If recent history is any indication, Dallas should be able to break even - the Stars have outscored the Kings 23-10 during the winning streak.

Overall, Dallas has won 10 of 12 against Los Angeles (12-17-2). The Kings have dropped six of their last eight on the road are tied with Phoenix and Washington for the fewest points in the league with 26.

The Stars are coming off Monday's 5-4 overtime win over Edmonton. Brenden Morrow scored the game-winner on a power play off a pass from Sergei Zubov with one minute remaining before the game would have gone to a shootout.

Zubov finished with a goal and three assists and leads all defensemen with 24 assists and 28 points.

"Zubov had an amazing game and he makes it look easy sometimes," said teammate Mike Ribeiro, who had a goal and an assist. "He sees things before they happen and is so patient with the puck."

Mike Modano also scored his 517th career goal for the Stars, extending his career leads in goals and points (1,245) among U.S.-born players.

"We felt pretty good tonight as a group, as a team," Zubov told the Stars' official Web site. "We had a couple of goals to get right back in the game. Then they got a couple of breaks. It was probably a fun game to watch."

With 36 points, the Stars are tied with San Jose atop the Pacific Division. The Sharks host Vancouver on Thursday.

"Points are valuable home or away, and against a young, hungry team, it makes them bigger," Stars coach Dave Tippett said.

The Kings lost for the fifth time in seven games on Wednesday, falling 6-3 in Chicago. Anze Kopitar scored and has six goals and six assists during an eight-game point streak.

Michal Handzus, a former Blackhawk who had a goal and an assist, said the Kings weren't able to answer Chicago's physical play.

"We knew they were going to come out hard because they needed a big game," Handzus said. "We didn't respond and that was the difference."

Goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin was pulled late in the first period for rookie Jon Quick after allowing three goals on nine shots. Since taking over for No. 1 goalie Jason LaBarbera, who injured his ribs against Colorado on Dec. 1, Aubin is 1-2-1 with a 3.54 goals-against average.

Quick finished with 24 saves in just his second career appearance since being recalled on Dec. 2.

2007-2008 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 29 '08 DAL 7 at LAK 2 B. Morrow
Mar 22 '08 LAK 4 at DAL 2 L. Visnovsky
Jan 12 '08 DAL 3 at LAK 4 - SO P. O'Sullivan
Dec 13 '07 LAK 1 at DAL 4 B. Morrow
Nov 19 '07 LAK 0 at DAL 3 S. Ott
Nov 10 '07 DAL 5 at LAK 6 - OT A. Kopitar
Oct 25 '07 DAL 1 at LAK 2 A. Frolov
Oct 10 '07 LAK 1 at DAL 5 N. Hagman